TODAY’S PATENT – PROTECTIVE GYMNAST PANTS
There have been several attempts made to provide a protective garment for female gymnasts. In today’s patent, we will be talking about Gary R. Siebert’s invention, “Protective gymnast pants” (US4128902A) which were patented by the USPTO on 12th December 1978.
This invention relates to protective pants for female gymnasts, to protect the pelvic, hip, and thigh area while learning various wrapping skills on the uneven parallel bars. There have been protective pants made by means of an elongated safety cushion that fits around each of the uneven parallel bars. However, such safety cushions are sometimes accidentally detached as a result of the wrapping action which no longer provides the desired protection. Moreover, the gymnast often collides with other parts of the uneven parallel bars or other equipment, causing serious injury.
This improvised invention aims to provide a novel protective padded device that is worn by the gymnast to overcome the above disadvantages of safety cushions that fit on these bars.