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y 1951 J. P. TAYLOR 2,553,612
SELF-GRIP WATERPROOF BLOW DISTRIBUTING SHIN GUARD Filed Nov. 15, 1948 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 JNVEN TOR. 441/1727)" 4? 22 1 2019 J. P. TAYLOR May 22, 1951 SELF-GRIP WATERPROOF BLOW DISTRIBUTING SHIN GUARD Filed Nov. 15, 1948 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. (/IQWS' 2 721 202 Patented May 22, 19-5 1 UNHTEE TTS EFAFENT QFFKCE SELF-GRIP WATERPROOF BLOW DISTRIBUTING SHEN GUARD 3 Claims. i.
This invention relates to a self-grip waterproof blow-distributing shin guard. such as used for protecting the body from blows and injury when engaged in bodily contact sports such as foot- 7 ball, soccer, and the like.
This application is a continuation in part of the invention disclosed in my pending application, Serial No. 32,619, filed June 12, 1943.
t is an object of the present invention to provide shin guards which will have a sufiicient area to partially surround the leg and so that the ends of the same may have gripping engagement with the leg and wherein some support of the shin guard can be effected by the stocking when in place as with the shin guard defined in the above pending application and whereby to eliminate the use of extraneous bands, straps or buckles or other fastening devices which have been hereto-fore used with shin guards.
Other objects of the present invention are to 9 ing of the invention, reference may be had to P the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a front face View of the improved shin guard embodying the features of the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a rear perspective view of the shin guard shown in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view of the shin guard shown in Fig. 1 and as viewed on line 33 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional view taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary and detail sectional View taken through an opening in the shin guard and on line 55 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 6 is a rear perspective view of a modified form of the invention.
Fig. 7 is a transverse sectional view taken on line l--? of Fig. 6.
Fig. 8 is a vertical sectional View taken on line 88 of Fig. 6.
Referring now particularly to Figs. 1 to 5, I ll represents a soft sponge rubber engaging member which has direct contact with the skin on the front of the shin. This rubber is such as to provide a frictional engagement of the guard with the shin and will need to support the same vertically on the shin. The sponge rubber Hi is bonded to a blow-distributing plate H and to a front curved plate !2 of spring material and of arcuate section. The front plate i2 is preferably formed of rubber or rubberized. material and is resilient so as to engage the sides of the leg and to also tend to retain the guard in the elevated position on the leg.
The front part of the plate I2 is pressed outwardly as indicated at Is to receive the blowdistributin plate of more rigid material and to provide a pocket in the stocking which is pulled over the leg so that through the stocking the guard can be held in place.
The blow-distributing plate H is made of a hard substance, metal or plastic, vulcanized rubber, or other suitable material.
In order to provide for a better retention of the blow-distributing plate H within the outer plate l3, openings are extended through the assembly and portions of the outer plate [3 are depressed into the opening in the blow-distributing plate, as indicated at l5. The opening in the blow-distributing plate is larger, as indicated at [5, than the openings El and [8 through the outer plate and the foam rubber. The sides of the outer plate I2 are carried about the leg sufficiently to have gripping engagement therewith and when taken with the frictional engagement of the sponge rubber pad or member W with the leg and the retention of the guard by the stocking over the outwardly pressed portion I3 of the plate 12, the guard will be firmly held upon the le of the wearer.
Referring now to Figs. 6, 7 and 8, there is shown a modified form of the invention wherein a guard plate of resilient or spring material is lined with vertically extending sponge rubber strips 2|, 22'and 23 laterally spaced from one another, the strip 22 lying in the center. The guard plate is indicated at it and is sufficiently wide to surround the sides of the leg. In the plate 2 3 are two rows of vertically spaced air openings 25 and 26. The openings 25 lying at the top of the guide plate 24 where it is wide. The sponge rubber members 2| and 23 are inclined outwardly and upwardly to conform to the wide upper portion of the plate E i. The plate 24 is made of resilient material, such as vulcanized rubber or plastic or any other suitable material, which can engage with the flesh without scratching or rupturing it. This guard will be held upon the leg by the gripping action of the sides of the plate 24 and by the friction of the sponge rubber pieces with the leg surface. The stocking will cover the guard and by its engagement with the edges will also tend to hold the guard in place upon the leg.
While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.
Having thus set forth and disclosed the nature of my invention, what is claimed is:
l. The herein described guard comprising an inner pad of soft yieldable material for covering the front area of the shin of a user, a rigid distributor plate disposed outwardly of said pad and of less area than that of said pad, the latter bonded to said plate, and a relatively extensive outer resilient member engaging the distributor plate and also engaging the outer boundary margin of said pad, said outer member including lateral portions for holdingly engaging the leg'muscles at the-sides and partly at the back of the leg.
2. A guard according to claim 1 wherein said outer member is formed with a recess to fittingly receive said distributor plate at the front surface thereof.
3. The herein described guard, comprising an inner pad of yieldable material for covering the frontarea of the shin of a :user, a rigid distributor disposed forwardly of said pad and of less area than that of said pad, the latter bonded to said distributor, and a relatively extensive outer front resiilent member engaging the distributor and also engaging the outer boundary margin of said pad; said member formed with a front projection providing a recess for said distributor, said member having lateral portions formed for holdingly engaging at the sides and partly at the back of the leg muscles, said projection adapted also to be engaged by the stocking of the user for retaining said lateral portions in the engaged position.
JAMES P. TAYLOR.
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