Sports and Fitness

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm dedicated to providing solutions to complex problems related to products, property, people, and the environment. Leveraging a network of 21 U.S. and 7 international offices and extensive laboratory facilities, our multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and regulatory consultants provide the expertise required to assist clients throughout the entire product lifecycle, from product development to end-of-life.

We provide unparalleled technical services in research and development, design, manufacturing, and regulatory, product, and human performance. Exponent’s clients benefit from our 50 years of experience analyzing risk and reliability of products in a variety of industries.

Exponent provides cost-effective technical support services to the Sports and Fitness Industry. We have worked on a wide range of products including:

  • Apparel design/performance
  • Fiber/textile design/performance
  • Footwear design/performance
  • Nutritional supplements/food
  • Home and gym fitness equipment
  • Protective gear
    • Guards and padding
    • Helmets
    • Ropes/harnesses
  • Sports equipment
    • Cycling
    • Football/baseball/basketball/softball/hockey
    • Lacrosse/field hockey
    • Skis/snowboards
    • Tennis and golf
  • Sensors and wearable devices
  • Broadcast innovation
  • Athlete training/performance
Our Services Include:

Independent Third-Party Design Support

  • Battery testing and compliance support
  • Biomechanics/kinematics analysis
  • Electrical evaluations
  • Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Green chemistry and sustainability
  • International (REACH), federal (CPSC, FDA), and state (Prop65) regulatory support
  • Manufacturing audits
  • Materials and mechanical testing
  • Materials selection, characterization, and compatibility
  • Nanotechnology
  • Fabrics and coatings evaluation
  • Product stewardship
  • Standards review
  • Stress analysis/design performance
  • Thermal performance characterization
  • Warnings, labeling, and instruction development

Manufacturing Support

  • Vendor evaluation
  • Factory audits
    • General site cleanliness
    • Incoming quality control (IQC)
    • Process evaluation
    • Equipment operation
    • Workmanship
    • QC and testing
    • Statistical process control (SPC)
    • Failure analysis and corrective actions
    • Reliability and safety testing
    • Contamination issues (including RoHS)
  • Worker safety evaluations
  • Occupational and environmental health/IAQ
  • Environmental compliance

Performance/Regulatory and Litigation Support

  • Failure analysis
  • Performance testing
  • Injury analysis/biomechanics
  • Statistical services
    • Product performance assessments
    • Accident/data analysis
  • Food/supplements/chemical safety
  • Toxic exposure assessment
  • Epidemiology
  • Intellectual property
  • Reactive support
    • Product recall
    • Regulatory reviews
    • Litigation support

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