Textiles for Sportswear is an important book that systematically covers key trends in design and materials, the use of novel and smart fabrics, and a range of specific applications. The book begins by surveying the principles of textile applications in sport, including design, materials, and production technology.

The uses of smart textiles in sportswear are then examined, from intelligent materials to wearable technology. Final sections of the text explore comfort in sportswear, sportswear for protection, and recent advances in sportswear technology that are currently being applied to particular sports.

Key Features

  • Reviews the principles of textile applications in sport, including design, materials and production technology
  • Examines the uses of smart textiles in sportswear
  • Discusses how recent advances in sportswear technology are being applied to particular sports


Textile and clothing scientists and technologists, postgraduate students, designers, material buyers, research and development staff in the sportswear industry, biomedical researchers and sportspersons in general.

Table of Contents

  • List of contributors
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles
  • Part One: Materials and production technology
    • 1: Introduction to textiles in sport
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Overview
      • 1.2 Developments in fibres and textile materials for sportswear
      • 1.3 Design considerations in sportswear
      • 1.4 Advances in sportswear manufacturing techniques
      • 1.5 Sportswear and comfort
      • 1.6 Sportswear and protection against impact
      • 1.7 Future trends
      • 1.8 About the book
    • 2: Environmentally conscious fabric selection in sportswear design
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Performance requirements of fabrics for sportswear
      • 2.3 Natural and regenerated fibres
      • 2.4 Synthetic fibres
      • 2.5 Waterproof fabrics and finishes
      • 2.6 Wearable electronics
      • 2.7 New approaches in corporate social responsibility
      • 2.8 Conclusion—the need for clear certification
      • 2.9 Sources of further information and advice
    • 3: Recent developments in elastic fibers and yarns for sportswear
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Elastomeric fibers in sportswear
      • 3.3 Elastomeric yarns in sportswear
      • 3.4 Elastomeric fabrics in sportswear
      • 3.5 Applications of elastomeric fiber and yarns in sportswear
      • 3.6 Future trends
      • 3.7 Sources of further information and advice
      • 3.8 Conclusion
    • 4: Biomimetic approach to the design of textiles for sportswear applications
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Biomimetic textiles for sportswear
      • 4.3 The future
    • 5: Knitting technology for seamless sportswear
      • Abstract
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 The manufacturing pipeline of sport garments
      • 5.3 Requirements for sport garments and their engineering
      • 5.4 Methods of manufacturi


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About the editor

Roshan Shishoo

Professor Roshan Shishoo is Director of Shishoo Consulting, Sweden, and former Director of the Swedish Institute for Polymers and Fibres (IFP). A Honorary Fellow of the Textile Institute, he has over 40 years' experience in textile research and development, and is an active member of many scientific organisations and committees.

Affiliations and Expertise

Shishoo Consulting, Sweden


"...covers key trends in sportswear design and materials, the use of novel and smart fabrics, and the range of applications of sportswear technology."--Asian Technical Textiles