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They Invented What? (No. 206)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 13, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 6,817,032: Garment for preventing muscle strain.

What is claimed is:

1. A garment for releasably securing a user’s hand at a fixed location along the user’s body, comprising: an upper portion for wear on the user’s upper body, said upper portion having a first attachment means; and a hand portion for wear along one of the user’s hands, said hand portion having a second attachment means disposed along a palm side, said hand portion being configured for retaining said second attachment means in a substantially fixed position relative to the user’s hand; wherein said first and second attachment means are releasably engageable for securing the user’s hand to the user’s upper body in a desired position.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein said first attachment means includes a loop material and said second attachment means includes a hook material.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein said first attachment means includes a hook material and said second attachment means includes a loop material.

4. The device of claim 1, wherein said upper portion is a vest.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein said upper portion is a sweater.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein said hand portion comprises at least one glove.

7. The device of claim 1, wherein said upper portion is a strap adapted for wear around the users’s neck, said strap having first and second ends, said first attachment means being provided near an end of said strap.

8. The device of claim 7, wherein said strap is formed with a padded neck portion.

9. The device of claim 1, wherein said upper portion is a shoulder strap adapted for wear across a shoulder and said first attachment means is located on an exterior portion of said strap for attachment to said second attachment means.

10. The device of claim 1, further comprising a neck pad that is releasably secured to said upper portion for supporting said user’s head during rest.

11. A device for releasably securing a user’s hand or wrist to a location along the user’s upper body, comprising: a first garment adapted for wear on the user’s upper body, said first garment having a region of first attachment material; and a second garment adapted for wear along one of the user’s hands or wrists, said second portion having a region of second attachment material along a palm side of the hand or wrist, said second garment being configured for retaining said second attachment material in a substantially fixed position relative to the user’s hand; wherein said first and second attachment materials are releasably engageable.

12. A method of releasably securing a user’s hand or wrist at a fixed location along the user’s upper body, comprising: providing a first garment adapted for wear on the user’s upper body, said first garment being formed of a first material that is adapted to be releasably engageable with a second material; providing a second garment adapted for wear on at least one of the user’s hands or wrists, said second garment including a region of said second material along a palm side thereof; and attaching said first material to said second material for securing the user’s hand or wrist to the upper body.

13. A method of manufacturing a garment for releasably securing a user’s hand or wrist to a fixed location along the user’s upper body, comprising: providing a first garment adapted for wear on the user’s upper body; attaching a first material to an outer surface of said first garment, said first material adapted for releasable engagement with a second material; providing a second garment adapted for wear on at least one of user’s hands or wrists; and attaching said second material to a palm side of said second garment; wherein said first and second garments are releasably engageable.

14. The method of claim 13 wherein said first and second materials comprise a hook material and a loop material.

15. A garment for releasably securing a user’s hands at fixed locations along the user’s body, comprising: an upper portion configured for wear on the user’s upper body, said upper portion having a body attachment means along a front side thereof; a left hand portion configured for receiving the user’s left hand, said left hand portion having a left hand attachment means along a palm side thereof; and a right hand portion configured for receiving the user’s right hand, said right hand portion having a right hand attachment means along a palm side thereof; wherein said left and right hand attachment means are releasably engageable to said body attachment means for securing the user’s left and right hands to the front side of the user’s upper body in fixed locations.

16. The garment of claim 15, wherein the garment is capable of allowing attachment of said left and right hand portions at any location along said front side of said upper portion.

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