Sports protective equipment has undergone substantial design and technological advancement over the past few decades, resulting in an impressive reduction in mortality and morbidity among athletes. However, as more people participate in competitive sports, extreme sports, and fitness training, including strength programs, the magnitude of the impacts has increased.
The report titled “Global Sports Protective Equipment Market: Growth, Future Prospects, and Competitive Analysis, 2016–2024” offers strategic insights into the overall sports protective equipment market, along with the market size and estimates for the duration of 2016–2024. The said research study covers an in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on the type of product, type of area of protection, distribution channel, and different geographical regions.
The type of product segment studied for analyzing the overall sports protective equipment market is majorly segmented into helmets and other headgear, protective eyewear, face protection, mouth guards, pads, guards, chest protectors, and gloves. On the basis of the type of area of protection, the sports protective equipment market is segmented into head and face, trunk and thorax, upper extremity, and lower extremity. Depending on the type of distribution channel, the market is segmented into specialty retail stores, multi-retail stores, online stores, and others.
In order to help strategic decision makers, the report also includes competitive profiling of the leading players in the sports protective equipment market and attractive investment propositions and market positioning of key manufacturers sections.
Geographically, the global market for sports protective equipment is studied for the following regional markets:
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- South-east Asia
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
The market size and forecast for these regional and country-level markets are presented in this study for the period 2013–2024. Market growth rates for the forecast period 2016–2024 are also included in this report, considering 2015 as the base year.
Along with quantitative information, qualitative information sets and assessment tools are provided in this study for a better analysis of the overall market scenario and future prospects. Information such as market inclination insights and drivers, challenges, and opportunities assists the readers in understanding the ongoing trends in the global sports protective equipment market.
Tools such as key player market positioning and an appealing investment proposition provide readers with insights into the global sports protective equipment market’s competitive scenario. This report concludes with a company profiles section that highlights major information about the key players engaged in the global sports protective equipment market. In-depth competitive environment analysis and historical 2014 market size data are also provided in the report.
Thus, the research study provides a holistic view of the global sports protective equipment market, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2016 to 2024, keeping in mind the above-mentioned factors.
Based on the type of product, the sports protective equipment market is segmented as follows:
- Helmets and Other Headgear
- Protective Eyewear
- Face protection and mouthguards
- Pads, guards, chest protectors, and gloves
Protective equipment is designed specifically for the sports activities involved and helps to promote athlete safety and well-being. Many sports have rules that govern mandatory equipment, while other athletes choose to wear certain protective equipment for their safety. Protective equipment can refer to equipment that players wear or other forms of protective equipment. With the increase in the number of people engaging in sporting activities, the number of injuries has surged. Through the use of protective equipment when engaging in sporting activities, you can help reduce injuries and make the sport much safer.
In 2015, pads, guards, chest protectors, and gloves held the largest share of the global sports protective equipment market and were expected to hold the leadership position throughout the forecast period. The growing initiative of sports associations to develop and mandate these basic protective gears is acting as a driving factor for the growth of the sports protective equipment market. Protective eyewear is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period due to increased product launches and athlete awareness of protective eyewear.
Based on the type of area of protection, the sports protective equipment market is segmented as follows:
- Head and face
- trunk and thorax
- Upper Extremity
- Lower Extremity
Protective equipment is designed specifically for the sports activities involved and helps to promote athlete safety and well-being. Various national and international sports events across the world have increased the adoption of sports protective equipment in recent years. As participation in all forms of outdoor sports and athletic activities grows, particularly in developing countries, it is expected that demand for affordable and protective sportswear will rise during the forecast period. The sports protective equipment market is segmented on the basis of area protection into head and face, trunk and thorax, upper extremity, and lower extremity.
The head and face segment continues to dominate the market, as it is made mandatory to wear headgear in particular sports to avoid fatal injuries, and it is expected to lead the market throughout the forecast period. Due to the mandatory use of headgear in several sports, serious injuries have become rare, and the injuries that have occurred despite the use of headgear are not severe. Lower and upper extremity equipment is anticipated to witness higher growth rates globally due to the advancement of technology and safety measures to avoid any injury to players.
Based on the type of distribution channel, the sports protective equipment market is segmented as follows:
- Specialty retail stores
- Multi-Retail Stores
- Online Stores and Others
Protective equipment is designed specifically for the sports activities involved. The use of protective equipment helps promote athlete safety and well-being. Many sports have rules that govern mandatory equipment, while other athletes choose to wear certain protective equipment for their safety. With the rise in sports participation, the distribution channel for such sports gear has been increasing rapidly, making it more accessible, which is driving the market for sports protective equipment globally. The sport protective equipment market is segmented on distribution channels such as specialty retail stores, multi-retail stores, online stores, and others. Among all the distribution channels, the specialty retail channel dominates the market.
The specialty retail channel is the traditional channel for buying sports products, thus generating maximum revenue. A specialty store carries specific categories of sports equipment that meet the specific needs of the athlete while also improving precision and design. Moreover, the key benefit of purchasing from a specialty store is that you can focus on a single class of products. More and more personalized experiences are preferred by the customer to improve comfort and performance, which attracts the customer to specialized stores.
With the advent of technology, the emergence of a tech-savvy consumer base, the usage of smartphones, and user-friendly apps available in the market, online stores are witnessing higher growth, which is anticipated to continue during the forecast period. The benefits of e-commerce include the wide availability of goods and services for the consumer, the speed of access, its around-the-clock availability, easy accessibility, and international reach.
For the purpose of this study, the global sports protective equipment market is categorized into:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa (LAMEA)
For the purpose of this study, the global market for sports protective equipment is categorized into six regional markets: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. North America had the largest market for sports protective equipment in 2015. The factors driving the North American sports protective equipment market are the continuous rise in youth participation in sports activities. Furthermore, initiatives taken by sports communities and associations motivate athletes to participate actively in sports activities.
As a result of better government initiatives and high disposable income to invest in the purchase of sports protective gear, North America is an organized market for sports protective equipment, which is a major factor for North America’s growth and dominance in the global sports protective equipment market. Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing market for sports protective equipment in the world.
The growing popularity of professional sports in the region is the primary driver of the market. Due to economic growth, the disposable income of the masses has increased in the region, leading to the acceptance of innovative and unique-designed sports gear. Furthermore, sports such as cricket, football, and hockey are growing in popularity and importance in countries such as Australia and India. As a result, this has a significant influence on raising public awareness.