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Publication numberUS20010054190 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/867,084
Publication dateDec 27, 2001
Filing dateMay 29, 2001
Priority dateJan 27, 2000
Also published asCA2398254A1, CA2398254C, US6253382, US6389601, WO2001054776A1
Publication number09867084, 867084, US 2001/0054190 A1, US 2001/054190 A1, US 20010054190 A1, US 20010054190A1, US 2001054190 A1, US 2001054190A1, US-A1-20010054190, US-A1-2001054190, US2001/0054190A1, US2001/054190A1, US20010054190 A1, US20010054190A1, US2001054190 A1, US2001054190A1
InventorsJames Kleinert
Original AssigneeKleinert James M.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Batting glove
US 20010054190 A1
Abstract
A batting glove includes a plurality of finger elements, a thumb element, a top portion, and a lower portion. The finger elements cover fingers, the thumb element covers a thumb, the top portion covers a back side of the hand, and the lower portion covers a palm of the hand. Preselected thicknesses of preselected materials are included in order to protect the bones, ligaments, pulleys, tendons, etc. of a wearer from direct shock, and to distribute stress along the hand.
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What is claimed is:
1. A glove to unload bony prominences of the hand comprising:
a covering for said hand with separate elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers therein, said covering having a top portion for covering a back side of the hand including a top side of said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers and a lower portion to cover a palm side of a hand including a bottom side of said elongated sections to receive said plurality of fingers; and,
at least one protective pad attached to the bottom portion of the covering below the center axis of rotation of a proximal interphalangeal joint of an index finger.
2. The glove of
claim 1
wherein said top portion includes elastic material in the vicinity of a human wrist to be received within said glove, said elastic material extending from the human wrist to an area adjacent each metacarpophalangeal joint of at least one finger.
3. The glove of
claim 1
said bottom portion including elastic material adjacent a human wrist to be received within said glove.
4. The glove of
claim 1
, at least one of said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers including an upper portion of synthetic material.
5. The glove of
claim 1
said lower portion having a second protective pad above the center axis of rotation of the proximal interphalangeal joint of said index finger.
6. The glove of
claim 5
including at least one protective pad below and at least one protective pad above the center axis of rotation of the proximal interphalangeal joint of each of said plurality of fingers.
7. The glove of
claim 1
, said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers therein including a section to receive a thumb, said section to receive a thumb including protective padding surrounding a distal phalanx, a metacarpophalangeal joint, metacarpal and carpometacarpal joint of said thumb.
8. The glove of
claim 7
wherein a proximal phalanx and an interphalangeal joint of said thumb is covered by two-way elastic material.
9. The glove of
claim 1
, said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers including a thumb element having elastic webbing material affixed laterally between said elongated sections beginning at a tip of an index finger to a section web at a junction along said hand where said index finger abuts a long finger and extends along a periphery of said elongated sections and terminates at a tip of a small finger.
10. The glove of
claim 1
including an elastic band attached to said top portion and to said lower portion at a location above a human wrist section and at an opening into said glove.
11. The glove of
claim 1
including protective padding affixed to said bottom portion to cover an area where a thumb contacts a palm.
12. The glove of
claim 1
including thin elastic material attached to said upper portion covering a proximal interphalangeal joint, and a distal interphalangeal joint of each of said elongated sections.
13. The glove of
claim 1
including thin elastic material attached to said lower portion to cover said proximal interphalangeal joint and said distal interphalangeal joint of each of said elongated sections.
14. The glove of
claim 1
including protective padding at a preselected distance below a center axis of rotation of at least one metacarpophalangeal joint, said protective padding extending to a preselected distance above a section of said glove to receive a human hook of a hamate.
15. The glove of
claim 1
, said elongated sections including a thumb element section and further including protective padding to cover an area of a proximal phalanx of a thumb, said protective padding being affixed to said bottom portion.
16. The glove of
claim 1
including protective padding attached to said lower portion along said elongated sections, said padding positioned to cover a middle phalanx and a proximal phalanx of at least one finger.
17. A batting glove to cover a human hand comprising:
a covering for said hand with separate elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers therein, said covering having a top portion for covering a back side of the hand including a top side of said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers and a lower portion to cover a palm side of a hand including a bottom side of said elongated sections to receive said plurality of fingers; and,
at least one protective pad attached to the bottom portion of the covering below the center axis of rotation of a proximal interphalangeal joint of an index finger.
18. The glove of
claim 17
wherein said top portion includes elastic material in the vicinity of a human wrist to be received within said glove, said elastic material extending from the human wrist to an area adjacent each metacarpophalangeal joint of at least one finger.
19. The glove of
claim 17
said bottom portion including elastic material adjacent a human wrist to be received within said glove.
20. The glove of
claim 17
, at least one of said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers including an upper portion of synthetic material.
21. The glove of
claim 17
said lower portion having a second protective pad above the center axis of rotation of the proximal interphalangeal joint of said index finger.
22. The glove of
claim 21
including at least one protective pad below and at least one protective pad above the center axis of rotation of the proximal interphalangeal joint of each of said plurality of fingers.
23. The glove of
claim 17
, said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers therein including a section to receive a thumb, said section to receive a thumb including protective padding surrounding a distal phalanx, a metacarpophalangeal joint, metacarpal and carpometacarpal joint of said thumb.
24. The glove of
claim 23
wherein a proximal phalanx and an interphalangeal joint of said thumb is covered by two-way elastic material.
25. The glove of
claim 17
, said elongated sections to receive a plurality of fingers including a thumb element having elastic webbing material affixed laterally between said elongated sections beginning at a tip of an index finger to a section web at a junction along said hand where said index finger abuts a long finger and extends along a periphery of said elongated sections and terminates at a tip of a small finger.
26. The glove of
claim 17
including an elastic band attached to said top portion and to said lower portion at a location above a human wrist section and at an opening into said glove.
27. The glove of
claim 17
including protective padding affixed to said bottom portion to cover an area where a thumb contacts a palm.
28. The glove of
claim 17
including thin elastic material attached to said upper portion covering a proximal interphalangeal joint, and a distal interphalangeal joint of each of said elongated sections.
29. The glove of
claim 17
including thin elastic material attached to said lower portion to cover said proximal interphalangeal joint and said distal interphalangeal joint of each of said elongated sections.
30. The glove of
claim 17
including protective padding at a preselected distance below a center axis of rotation of at least one metacarpophalangeal joint, said protective padding extending to a preselected distance above a section of said glove to receive a human hook of a hamate.
31. The glove of
claim 17
, said elongated sections including a thumb element section and further including protective padding to cover an area of a proximal phalanx of a thumb, said protective padding being affixed to said bottom portion.
32. The glove of
claim 17
including protective padding attached to said lower portion along said elongated sections, said padding positioned to cover a middle phalanx and a proximal phalanx of at least one finger.
Description
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/491,742 filed Jan. 27, 2000.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] 1. Field of the Invention

[0003] This invention relates to gloves for the human hand which are worn when playing sports such as baseball, softball, and the like. More particularly, this invention relates to a batting glove specifically designed to improve grip, comfort, protection, and performance of a wearer. However, this invention has broader implications and may be advantageously employed in other applications requiring protection of the hands.

[0004] 2. Description of Related Art

[0005] Glove construction for protection of the human hand is well known. In addition, there are a number of patents which teach gloves claimed to be particularly useful as batting gloves. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 3,175,226 teaches a dress glove construction which completely covers the fingers and which includes resiliently expandable materials in selected areas to accommodate hands of different sizes. In contrast, U.S. Pat. No. 4,561,122 teaches a protective glove which has a wrap around construction for a protective glove which leaves the thumb and fingers ends exposed. U.S. Pat. No. 5,345,609 teaches a protective glove which includes shock absorbing cells disposed at selected portions along the top of the glove. U.S. Pat. No. 5,790,980 teaches a hand glove with a polyurethane foam pad in the palm portion of the glove. Other references attempt to provide a sport glove for supporting and stabilizing the wrist and hand. Current gloves protect the bony prominence areas of the hand. Although hand protection from direct shocks and abrasions is found in gloves of the current art, what is needed is a batting glove which provides improved grip, comfort and performance by unloading bony prominences, unloading pulleys and tendons, and improving finger and knuckle motion of the hand of a wearer by providing preselected thicknesses of preselected materials specifically chosen to protect the wearer from injury from distributed shocks in hitting a ball with a bat, and the attendant risk of long-term injury to the aforementioned bones, ligaments, pulleys, tendons, etc., by repetitive swinging of bats and hitting of balls.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] An object of the present invention is to provide a batting glove which takes stress off of selected parts of the human hand.

[0007] Another object of the present invention is to provide a batting glove having preselected materials of construction in different areas of contact with the human hand.

[0008] A further object of the present invention is to provide a batting glove having preselected thicknesses of preselected materials of construction in different areas of contact with the human hand.

[0009] Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a batting glove which uses different materials to allow wrist motion, unload bony prominences, improve finger and knuckle motion, and protect the back of the hand.

[0010] More particularly, the present invention provides a batting glove including preselected material in preselected thicknesses to fill in the soft spots surrounding the bony prominences of the hand, to unload the pulleys and tendons, and to take stress off of selected parts of the hand. Specifically, 2-Way SPANDEX® materials are used in the wrist motion zone of the glove; thin elastic material such as LYCRA® is used in the area of the finger joints and knuckles; synthetic material such as JANEC SUPER® is used in the area of the dorsal side of the fingers; a cabretta skin protective covering is used for selected parts of the hand, rubber foam protective padding is placed at selected contact areas, and soft padding such as terry cotton is placed inside the glove in selected areas.

[0011] Further objects and advantages of this invention will appear from the following description and appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of the specification wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts into several views.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0012] A better understanding of the invention will be had upon reference to the following description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views and wherein:

[0013]FIG. 1 is a bottom schematic anatomical view of the bones of a right-side human hand showing the palm-side details;

[0014]FIG. 1a is a bottom schematic anatomical palm-side view of the bones, and selected details of the pulleys and tendons of a right-side human hand;

[0015]FIG. 2 is a top view of a batting glove of a preferred embodiment of the present invention showing the dorsal-side details and seen overlaying the skeletal structure of a right-dorsal-side human hand;

[0016]FIG. 3 is a bottom view of a batting glove of a preferred embodiment of the present invention showing the palm-side details and seen overlaying the skeletal structure of a right-palm-side human hand;

[0017]FIG. 3a is a bottom view of another batting glove of a preferred embodiment of the present invention showing relevant palm-side details;

[0018]FIG. 4 is a radial side view of a batting glove of a preferred embodiment of the present invention showing relevant details and seen overlaying the skeletal structure of a right-side human hand; and,

[0019]FIG. 5 is an exploded view of some of the major components of a batting glove of a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0020]FIG. 1 is a schematic anatomical view of the bones of a right human hand 10 looking at a palm 18 side. Shown are the radius 20, ulna 21, radiocarpal joint (RC) 23′, distal radio ulnar joint (DRUJ) 22, wrist 12, thumb 64, index finger 65, long finger 66, ring finger 67, and small finger 68. The carpus 69 comprises eight carpal bones, seven of which are shown in FIG. 1 and includes the hamate bone 71 with its hook-like protrusion, the scaphoid 24′ and the lunate 25.

[0021] The thumb 64 is comprised of the distal phalanx 51, the interphalangeal joint (IP) 46, proximal phalanx 41, diaphysis of proximal phalanx 41′, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 36, metacarpal 31, and carpometacarpal joint (CMC) 26.

[0022] The index finger 65 is comprised of the distal phalanx 60, distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) 56, middle phalanx 52, proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) 47, proximal phalanx 42, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 37, metacarpal 32, and carpometacarpal joint (CMC) 27.

[0023] The long finger 66 is comprised of the distal phalanx 61, distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) 57, middle phalanx 53, proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) 48, proximal phalanx 43, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 38, metacarpal 33, and carpometacarpal joint (CMC) 23.

[0024] The ring finger 67 is comprised of the distal phalanx 62, distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) 58, middle phalanx 54, proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) 49, proximal phalanx 44, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 39, metacarpal 34, and carpometacarpal joint (CMC) 24.

[0025] The small finger 68 is comprised of the distal phalanx 63, distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) 59, middle phalanx 55, proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) 50, proximal phalanx 45, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 40, metacarpal 35, and carpometacarpal joint (CMC) 30.

[0026]FIG. 1a shows the skeletal anatomy, pulley system, and flexor tendons of the thumb 64 and fingers 65-68 of the right hand 10. The thumb 64 includes the flexor tendon (flexor pollicis longus) 200 and the three pulleys 220-224 of the thumb 64; an A1 pulley 220, A2 pulley 222, and A3 pulley 224. The A2 pulley 222 is the most important for function and is attached to the proximal phalanx 41 of the thumb 64. The respective pulleys 230-238 are also shown for each of the: index finger 65, long finger 66, ring finger 67, and small finger 68. Each finger 65-68 has five pulleys 230-238; an A1 pulley 230, A2 pulley 232, A3 pulley 234, A4 pulley 236, and A5 pulley 238. The A2 pulley 232 and A4 pulley 236 are considered to be the most important for function. The A2 pulley 232 is attached to the proximal phalanx 42-45. The A4 pulley 236 is attached to the middle phalanx 52-55. The A1 pulley 230 is near the MCP joint 37-40, the A3 pulley 234 is near the PIP joint 46-50 and the A5 pulley 238 is near the DIP joint 56-59.

[0027] The flexor tendons 202-208 are shown as one unit for each finger 65-68, but actually there are two flexor tendons to each unit. They are the flexor digitorum superficialis and the flexor digitorum profundus (shown as one, 202-208). These tendons 202-208 travel underneath the pulleys 230-238 and attach to the distal phalanx 60-63 of each finger 65-68. The tendons 202-208 move back and forth below the pulleys 230-238, via muscles (not shown) attached to the proximal end of the tendons. This movement of the tendon 202-208 produces finger 65-68 flexion. The pulleys 230-238 prevent the flexor tendons 202-208 from bowstringing or moving away from the bone with finger 65-68 flexion. If the pulleys 230-238 are damaged and no longer function, the tendons 202-208 will bowstring with a resultant significant loss of finger motion as well as grip strength. As such, pulleys 230-238, especially the A2 pulley 232 and the A4 pulley 236, are very important and must be preserved and protected as much as possible. As shown in FIG. 4, protective padding 102 for each finger 65-68 is placed in an anatomically designed fashion over the A2 and A4 pulley regions. When the A2 and A4 pulleys 232 and 236 are preserved, adequate finger 65-68 motion and grip strength is maintained.

[0028] In FIGS. 2-5, a preferred batting glove 80 is provided for either a right, left, or both human hand(s) 10, as desired. A glove 80 for a left hand 10 utilizes symmetrical placement of the elements, materials, and thicknesses herein described.

[0029]FIG. 2 shows details of a dorsal side of a batting glove 80 to cover a human hand 10 and seen overlaying the skeletal structure and skin outline of a right-dorsal-side human hand 10.

[0030] The batting glove 80 has a plurality of finger elements 82, a thumb element 84, a top portion 86, and a lower portion 88 (see FIGS. 3-5), wherein the finger elements 82 cover fingers 65-68. The thumb element 84 covers a thumb 64, and the top portion 86 covers a back side 16 of the hand 10. The lower portion 88 covers the palm side 18 of the hand 10.

[0031] An elastic band 90 is attached to the top portion 86 and to the lower portion 88. The elastic band 90 includes a securing means in the form of a hook 92 and loop 94 fastener for retention above a human wrist 12.

[0032] The top portion 86 includes elastic material 96, preferably 2-WAY SPANDEX® in the vicinity of the wrist 12 out to the vicinity of the metacarpophalangeal joints (MCP) 37-40 of the fingers 65-68 of the hand 10. Additionally, a protective covering 98 is centrally located to cover the back side 16 of the hand 10.

[0033] The finger elements 82 each include an upper portion 83 which includes synthetic material 100 with openings formed therein to receive thin elastic material 116 attached to cover the proximal interphalangeal joints (PIP) 47-50, and the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) 56-59 of each finger 65-68.

[0034] As shown in FIG. 3, a lower portion 85 of the finger elements 82 includes protective covering 98. In addition, protective padding 102 is affixed beneath the protective covering 98 and adjacent to the fingers 65-68, in preselected areas. As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, protective padding 102 and protective covering 98 cover the middle phalanx 52-55—specifically the A4 pulley 236 region, and the proximal phalanx 42-45—specifically the A2 pulley 232 region, of each finger 65-68. Openings are formed in the lower portion 85 to receive thin elastic material 116 attached to cover the palm-side 18 of the proximal interphalangeal joints (PIP) 47-50, and the distal interphalangeal joints (DIP) 56-59 of each finger 65-68.

[0035] The thumb element 84 includes protective covering 98 which surrounds the distal phalanx 51, metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 36, proximal phalanx 41, metacarpal 31, and carpometacarpal joint (CMC) 26 of the thumb 64. As shown in FIG. 2, an opening is formed in the protective covering 98 to receive thin elastic material 116 attached to cover the interphalangeal joint (IP) 46 of the thumb 64. Another opening is formed in the protective covering 98 over the metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 36 to receive thin elastic material 116. As shown in FIGS. 2-5, a piece of protective padding 102, which is itself covered by thin elastic material 116, is affixed to an area on the thumb element 84 and centered on an ulnar border (inside) of the thumb 64 over the diaphysis of proximal phalanx 41′ of the thumb 64. The diaphysis of proximal phalanx 41′ is found between the metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP) 36 and interphalangeal joint (IP) 46 of the thumb 64.

[0036] Referring again to FIG. 3, the bottom portion 88 includes elastic material 96 in the vicinity of the wrist 12. Out from the wrist 12 area, the bottom portion 88 includes protective covering 98 continuing out to the vicinity of the metacarpophalangeal joints (MCP) 36-40 and located to cover the palm 18 of the hand 10. A piece of protective padding 102 is affixed to a central palm 18 area underneath the protective covering 98 and placed at a preselected distance below a center axis of rotation of the metacarpophalangeal joints (MCP) 37-40 and extending to a preselected distance above the hook of the hamate 71.

[0037] As shown in FIG. 3a, another preferred embodiment of the batting glove 80 is similar to the glove 80 of FIG. 3, but is distinguished wherein a central portion 103 of the central palm 18 area is provided having no protective padding 102 and abutting two separate sections, a first section 105, and a second section 107. Both the first section 105 and the second section 107 include affixing protective padding 102 underneath the protective covering 98. The central portion 103 includes protective covering 98, but no protective padding 102. When viewed as in FIG. 3a, an overall outline of the central palm 18 area is similar to that of the glove of FIG. 3, except that the central portion 103 appears to be relieved or depressed in relation to the first section 105 and the second section 107.

[0038] Referring back to FIG. 3, a first web 120 is formed in the area where the thumb element 84 is in proximity to the index finger 65. An additional piece of protective covering 98 (thereby creating a double thickness of protective covering 98) is affixed over the first web 120. A piece of protective padding 102 covered by thin elastic material 116 is affixed over the additional piece of protective padding 98 over the first web 120 to cover an area which is contacted by protective padding 102 of the thumb element 84. When the glove 80 is worn by a wearer, the bottom portion 88 contacts the remainder of the palm 18.

[0039] Referring to FIG. 5, the bottom portion 88 is attached to the top portion 86 to enable an entire covering of the palm 18 and the back side 16 of the hand 10 along an outer periphery having at selected locations a plurality of finger openings 110 a thumb opening 112, and a main opening 130. Second, third and fourth webs, 122, 124, and 126, respectively, are formed between adjacent fingers 65-68. The finger elements 82 are fixedly attached to each of the finger openings 110. The batting glove 80 further provides the finger elements 82 with elastic webbing material 104 affixed laterally therebetween beginning at a tip of the index finger 65 down to the second web 122, running up to the long finger 66 and continuing likewise terminating at the tip of the small finger 68 just past the fourth web 126. Soft padding 99 such as terry cotton is placed as desired inside of the batting glove to cover the thicker protective padding 102, preferably in the areas of the palm 18 and pulleys of the fingers 65-68, and to provide for the comfort of the wearer.

[0040] Materials used in manufacture are preselected to achieve various goals as follows:

[0041] Synthetic material 100, such as, for example, JANEC SUPER® is used dorsally over the fingers 65-68 of the hand 10;

[0042] 2-Way Elastic material 96, such as, for example, 2-WAY SPANDEX® is used in motion zones of the hand 10 to allow glove 80 movement;

[0043] Thin elastic material 116, such as, for example, LYCRA® is used to cover areas on the glove 80 based on centers of axes of rotation of all joints of the fingers 65-68 and thumb 64 of the hand 10;

[0044] Protective covering 98, such as, for example, cabretta skin (Indonesian sheep skin) is used to provide for protection from abrasion and direct shock applied to the hand in gripping a bat (not shown) and hitting a ball (not shown) with the bat; and,

[0045] Protection padding 102, such as, for example, rubber foam of {fraction (1/16)}″ in thickness, is used to enhance a gripping surface of he fingers 65-68, specifically the regions of the A2 pulley 232 and A4 pulley 236, and in the palm 18 and first web 120 in order to reduce the most severe of shocks transmitted to the hand 10.

[0046] The disclosure given is applicable not only to batting gloves, but also to gloves intended for use in various other activities such as, for example, golf, and working in the outdoors to include gardening. Protection for the hands 10 during use in such activities is achieved by measures such as, for example, varying quantity, placement, thickness, dimensions, and elastic qualities of pads, coverings, elastic materials and openings, as appropriate.

[0047] The detailed description is given primarily for clearness of understanding and no unnecessary limitations are to be understood therefrom for modifications will become obvious to those skilled in the art upon reading this disclosure and may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and scope of the appended claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/19, 2/167, 2/16, 2/161.1, 2/163, 2/20
International ClassificationA41D19/015, A63B71/14
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2243/0004, A63B71/146, A63B71/143, A41D19/015
European ClassificationA63B71/14G6, A63B71/14G2, A41D19/015
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