When gearing up for the Olympics in 2016, Italian rower Sara Bertolasi struggled with what could have been a career-ending injury. She had developed intense pain and inflammation in her pelvis from the many hours she spent training.
But a fairly new innovation kept her from considering retirement: a custom-made seat, made by Italy’s Elmec 3D, using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology. The seat enabled a custom fit for her bone structure and accounted for the different phases of her rowing stroke. It made a huge difference in her ability to keep training with less pain, she told the Sports Business Journal.
An athlete’s most important piece of equipment is, of course, their finely conditioned body. Second to that is the gear that they use. Comfort and a custom fit can shave off time to reach a new world record or just a personal best. And for professionals and everyday athletes alike, the right equipment can mean less risk of getting hurt and more fun.