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Tackling suit, 2003
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Tackling suit, consisting of top and shorts, polyester / nylon / foam, made by Madison Sport Pty Ltd, China, 2003
This tackling suit was made in 2003 and shows the innovative design and construction used in the production of protective sports gear and reflect an increasing understanding of the biomechanics of the body when playing sport.

The wearing of protective equipment to prevent injury when playing and practising sport is increasing. The use of protective equipment is mandatory in many sports such as cricket and baseball and voluntary in sports such as rugby. Protective equipment ranges from headguards, eyewear and mouthguards to shin padding, gloves and genital protectors. In 2003 it was claimed that an increased use of padding was leading to more injuries in sports such as rugby which led to a debate over the use of protective sports equipment. The official rules of rugby league state that "protective clothing may be worn provided it contains nothing rigid or of a dangerous nature".

This two-piece lightweight training suit was designed in 2002. It allows for freedom of movement while providing padded protection to the wearer and their training partners. During tackling drills, accidental contact with knees, elbows and arms can cause injury. The main areas of the body needing protection are the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh, the biceps on the arms and the sternum on the chest. The open weave fabric allows ventilation to cool the padded player.

The design of these products has gradually progressed and manufacturers are continuously looking for ways to improve protective equipment and make them more flexible, protective and lighter.

This tackling suit was displayed in the 'Sport: more than heroes and legends' exhibition (September 2003 - July 2004) as part of a suite of protective sports equipment.
Written by Erika Dicker
Assistant Curator, 2007.
The tacking suit was made by Madison Sport Pty Ltd in China in 2003. Madison Sport Pty Ltd is an Australian company that specialises in protective sporting equipment. They are based in Queensland.

This light weight training suit was designed to allow normal mobility while providing protection to both wearer and contact training partners. In tackling drills, participants can be injured by accidental contact with hips, knees, elbows and arms. Main areas of the body requiring protection are quadriceps, biceps and sternum.

The construction of this suit incorporates polyester-nylon eyelet fabric for maximum ventilation and weight reduction with high density laminated EVA foam padding.
This tackling suit was displayed in the 'Sport: more than heroes and legends' exhibition (September 2003 - July 2004) as part of a suite of protective sports equipment.

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Description
Tackling suit, consisting of top and shorts, polyester / nylon / foam, made by Madison Sport Pty Ltd, China, 2003

This tackling suit consists of top and shorts. The top is of blue mesh fabric with foam padded sections.There is a zip at the back. The shorts are made of black fabric with foam padded sections and a drawstring waist. Both the top and shorts have 'MADISON' in white screen printed on them. They are both machine sewn and unlined.
Made: Madison Sport Pty Ltd; Taiwan; 2003
Marks
White fabric label inside centre back neck of top 'M/CHINA'. White fabric label inside centre back waist of shorts 'M/CHINA'.
2007/178/7
Production date
2003

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Signature Mouthguards, 2007
Subjects
+ Sport
+ Personal safety
+ Safety
+ Football
+ Sports equipment
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