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Sports Protective Equipment Market Research Report - Segmentation by Product (Helmets and Head Protection, Elbow Protection, Leg Protection and Others), By Distribution Channel (Offline and Online) & By Region and Segment Forecast till 2026

Pulished: April, 2021
ID: 10724
Pages: 175

Sports Protective Equipment Market Size & Growth (2021-2026):

In 2018, the sports protective equipment market was valued at USD 7.51 billion and is estimated to grow at a 3.9% CAGR to reach USD 10.17 billion by 2026.

Participation of youth in outdoor sports has been growing over the past decades. Outdoor sports involve the risk of injuries associated with physical activities. If correct measures are not taken, the injuries may be either fatal or permanent disability. It is compulsory to use sports protective equipment to protect against sudden external impacts and prevent fatal injuries. The sports protective equipment market registered moderate growth in the last few years and is supposed to augment with the same pace in the future.

There has been a considerable rise in the prominence of ball sports worldwide because of the health and wellness trends, the growing impact of social media, celebrity endorsements, and the number of sporting events at international that encourage consumers to enter some of the other sorts of sports activities.

Recent Developments:

  • In 2017, 2ND Skull got USD 100,000 in funding from the NFL as part of HeadHealth TECH Challenge II. The company primarily deals in creating protective skull caps for challenging contact sports such as football and rugby.
  • In March 2018, Xeros Technologies acquired Gloves Inc., supplying personal protection equipment cleaning, inspection, and repair services in the Miami metro areas.
  • In April 2018, Nike Inc. acquired Israel-based Invertex Ltd. to upgrade its digital technology interface. It will enable Nike to provide its consumers with something that helps them choose the best shoes. With Invertex's upcoming 3D technology that uses artificial intelligence, consumers will be able to scan their feet through an app and select shoes that fit them well.
  • In May 2019, Adidas launched a partnership with 1climb, a non-profit organization focused on installing climbing walls in Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States, on providing 100,000 kids their first climb in life.

Market Drivers:

The rise in demand for sporting goods and the increasing popularity of sports leagues, and recreational activities, drive the market for sports protection equipment around the world. 

Moreover, the growing concern about safety while playing contact sports and innovations in sports protective equipment are other factors driving the global market. The increase in consumer spending on sports equipment in recent years and the growing prominence of different distribution channels in online stores and multi-specialty stores may further drive the global sports protective equipment business in future.

Market Restraints:

The primary factors hindering the growth of the global sports protective equipment are the availability of low-quality and counterfeit products and premium pricing of good quality sports gear.




Market Size Available


Base Year


Forecast Period




Segments Covered

By Product

By Distribution Channel

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

Adidas, Amer Sports, Nike, BRG Sports, Under Armour, Dunlop Sports Group Americas Inc., PUMA SE, Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., Daiwa Seiko Co., Ltd., and Jaren Corporation.

Market Segmentation:

This global market research report is segmented and sub-segmented into the following categories:

Sports Protective Equipment Market - By Product:

  • Helmets and Head Protection
  • Elbow Protection
  • Leg Protection
  • Others

Helmet and headgear were the most extensive product segment in 2018, accounting for 31.2% of the overall market revenue. A growing number of professional leagues such as the IPL, American Football League, and World Cycling League are crucial factors driving the demand for helmets and head protection gear over the forecast period. The increasing popularity of American football, cycling, and baseball will further propel the market for head protection equipment. Growing participation in sports in various countries such as India, Africa, and China, is expected to provide growth opportunities for the segment in future.

Leg protection gears are estimated to grow at the highest CAGR of 5.6% from 2019 to 2025. The increasing popularity of soccer worldwide will have a positive impact on segment growth. For example, according to the study, soccer or football is the most popular sport globally. It is predicted that more than half of the world's population consider themselves to be fans of association football.

Sports Protective Equipment Market - By Distribution Channel:

  • Offline
  • Online

The offline segment controlled the largest share of more than 90.0% in 2018. A rising number of sports equipment outlets in India and China are expected to positively impact the market's growth. For instance, Adidas AG, the German sportswear manufacturer, will launch 3,000 new stores in China by 2020, due to rising wealth and health awareness. The primary goal is to grow its retail network globally.

Furthermore, an increase in the number of outlets will help companies bridge the gap between consumers and companies, which will positively impact the market's growth. The online segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast timeframe. Online sales channel has observed a significant change in the last few years due to increasing internet penetration in various countries. Furthermore, online retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and DICK'S Sporting Goods, fuel the segment growth.

Regional Analysis:

Based on geography, the North American market dominated the global sports protective equipment market in 2018, valuing for 40.0% share of the total revenue. The increasing popularity of American football and ice hockey worldwide is a crucial factor driving the region's sports protective equipment market. The U.S. held a considerable share of the North American market in 2018. These sports bring people together, irrespective of their culture, race, and religion, and are considered an integral part of American culture.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at a 6.7% CAGR during the forecast timeframe. Deep penetration of schools and colleges, coupled with an increase in the number of sporting events like the World Hockey League and the Indian Premier League, is predicted to propel the market for sports protective gear over the forecast timeframe. Increasing awareness among parents related to physical activities' associated benefits, including sports, has positively influenced sports equipment demand, including protective gear. The growing popularity of football in China, India, and other Asian countries is supposed to increase leg protection equipment demand over the forecast period.  

The Middle East and Africa region is predicted to observe significant growth in the coming years. The increasing popularity, coupled with increasing awareness among individuals, is expected to fuel protective gear demand. An increase in the number of celebrities such as Usain Bolt for Nike in endorsements will positively impact the regional market growth.

Key Market Players:

Some of the prominent players operating currently in the global sports protective equipment market include Adidas, Amer Sports, Nike, BRG Sports, Under Armour, Dunlop Sports Group Americas Inc., PUMA SE, Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., Daiwa Seiko Co., Ltd., and Jaren Corporation.

Impact of COVID-19 on Sports Protective Equipment Market:

The coronavirus pandemic can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms.

With the ongoing slowdown in world economic growth, the Sports Protective Equipment industry has also been negatively impacted. No sporting events took place, and even the Olympic games were cancelled for the year leading to a decline in the number of people following sports. Moreover, due to government-imposed lockdowns worldwide, there was a sudden drop in the need for sport protective equipment.

1. Introduction                                

               1.1 Market Definition                    

               1.2 Scope of the report                 

               1.3 Study Assumptions                  

               1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods  

2. Research Methodology                                          

               2.1 Analysis Design                         

               2.2 Research Phases                      

                              2.2.1 Secondary Research            

                              2.2.2 Primary Research  

                              2.2.3 Data Modelling      

                              2.2.4 Expert Validation   

               2.3 Study Timeline                          

3. Report Overview                                       

               3.1 Executive Summary                 

               3.2 Key Inferencees                       

4. Market Dynamics                                      

               4.1 Impact Analysis                        

                              4.1.1 Drivers      

                              4.1.2 Restaints  

                              4.1.3 Opportunities         

               4.2 Regulatory Environment                       

               4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends   

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis                                    

               5.1 Key Player Benchmarking                      

                              5.1.1 Market share analysis         

                              5.1.2 Products/Service   

                              5.1.3 Regional Presence

               5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape                       

               5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations                         

6. Market Segmentation                              

               6.1 Sports Protective Equipment Market, By Product   

                              6.1.1 Helmets and Head Protection          

                              6.1.2 Elbow Protection  

                              6.1.3 Leg Protection       

      6.1.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)     

                              6.1.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis              

                              6.1.6 Market Attractiveness Index             

    6.2 Sports Protective Equipment Market, By Distribution Channel   

                              6.2.1 Offline      

                              6.2.2 Online       

  6.2.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)     

                              6.2.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis              

                              6.2.5 Market Attractiveness Index             

7. Geographical Landscape                                        

   7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region   

               7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2021- 2026)     

                              7.2.1 By Country              



                              7.2.2 By Product              

                              7.2.3 By Distribution Channel      

               7.3 Europe                        

                              7.3.1 By Country              






                                    Rest of Europe

                              7.3.2 By Product              

                              7.3.3 By Distribution Channel      

               7.4 Asia Pacific                 

                              7.4.1 By Country              




                                    South Korea

                                    South East Asia

                                    Australia & NZ

                                    Rest of Asia-Pacific

                              7.4.2 By Product              

                              7.4.3 By Distribution Channel      

               7.5 Latin America                           

                              7.5.1 By Country              




                                    Rest of Latin America

                              7.5.2 By Product              

                              7.5.3 By Distribution Channel      

               7.6 Middle East and Africa                           

                              7.6.1 By Country              

                                    Middle East


                              7.6.2 By Product              

                              7.6.3 By Distribution Channel      

8. Key Player Analysis                                   

               8.1 Adidas                         

                              8.1.1 Business Description            

                              8.1.2 Products/Service   

                              8.1.3 Financials 

                              8.1.4 SWOT Analysis       

                              8.1.5 Recent Developments         

                              8.1.6 Analyst Overview  

               8.2 Nike                             

               8.3 Under Armour                          

               8.4 Dunlop Sports Group Americas Inc                    

               8.5 Puma SE                      

               8.6 Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc               

               8.7 Daiwa Seiko Co., Ltd               

               8.8 Jaren Corporation                   

9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities                                  


               List of Tables                    

               List of Figures                   

  • Global, regional and country-level analysis and forecasts of the study market; providing Insights on the major countries/regions in which this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped
  • Segment-level analysis in terms of technology, component, and type along with market size forecasts and estimations to detect key areas of industry growth in detail
  • Identification of key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges (DROC) in the market and their impact on shifting market dynamics
  • Study of the effect of exogenous and endogenous factors that affect the global market; which includes broadly demographic, economics, and political, among other macro-environmental factors presented in an extensive PESTLE Analysis
  • Study the micro environment factors that determine the overall profitability of an Industry, using Porter’s five forces analysis for analysing the level of competition and business strategy development
  • A comprehensive list of key market players along with their product portfolio, current strategic interests, key financial information, legal issues, SWOT analysis and analyst overview to study and sustain the market environment
  • Competitive landscape analysis listing out the mergers, acquisitions, collaborations in the field along with new product launches, comparative financial studies and recent developments in the market by the major companies
  • An executive summary, abridging the entire report in such a way that decision-making personnel can rapidly become acquainted with background information, concise analysis and main conclusions
  • Expertly devised analyst overview along with Investment opportunities to provide both individuals and organizations a strong financial foothold in the market
  1. Global Sports Protective Equipment  Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  2. Global Sports Protective Equipment  Market By Product, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  3. Global Helmets and Head Protection Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  4. Global Elbow Protection Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  5. Global Leg Protection Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  6. Global Sports Protective Equipment  Market By Distribution Channel, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  7. Global Offline Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )
  8. Global Online Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

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