Sports textile is one of the branches of technical textile. Nowadays sophisticated technology is used in technical textile to produce sportswear. Textile has done it successfully. In recent years we have seen the design of fabrics that can take moisture away from the body, patches on all black jerseys so players can dry their hands for better grip, fabrics that can sense high impact stresses on player’s joints, and fabrics that can sense heart rate, temperature and other physiological data.

Properties of Sports Textile:

  • Sports textile must have comfortability, easy to wear, easy handling.

  • Sports textiles fabrics have a very high electrical conductivity, so they can permit the effectual dissipation of electrical charge.

  • Sports textile also include composites, other materials and fabric and fibers used to make sports equipment and protective gear where the textile good must be on par with the sport’s demand 

  • Filaments fabrics are made highly effective in moisture management & thus they can wick the moisture as known as sweat away from the body & keeps the body dry.

  • Sports textile should have good perspiration fastness.

  • As this sports fabric has a special property well known as heat conductivity make possible to feel the user cooler in summer & warmer in winter.

  • Garments manufactured from sports textiles fabrics keeps the normal stability of body comfort because these fabrics are ultra-breathable, fast drying and possess outstanding moisture managing properties, which rapidly wick moisture away from the body.

  • These garments are also very less in weight & feature elasticity properties, which provides immense comfort and independence of movement.

  • Keeping a normal level of bacteria on the skin offers a high level of comfort and personal hygiene, especially during athletic activities.

  • Sports textiles fabrics remove UVA and UVB rays that are dangerous to the skin and guarantees an improved level of defence compared to the majority general natural and man-made fibers.

  • It also provides superior strength and durability.

  • The athletics & leisure activities for their better performance in sports.


  • 10.0%

    Expected CAGR over the forecast period 2019-2023


Today’s sports demand high-performance equipment and apparel. The lightweight and safety features of sport-tech have become important in their substitution for other materials. These high-functional and smart textiles are increasingly adding value to the sports and leisure industry by combining utilitarian functions with wearing comfort that leads to achieving a high level of performance. Furthermore, several initiatives and schemes are also being introduced by the governments towards the development of technical textile industries. Adventure sports goods like tent fabric, ballooning fabric, parachuting fabric, ropes and strings and gym and training goods are also witnessing a rapid demand increase. These trends indicate a larger and much deeper change emerging in the consumption pattern. Now we live in the information age and the age of economic productivity, now more and more onboarding the train for a higher standard of living and adopting a different outlook toward life in general. The new trend is a positive one, it is about taking life head on and living it at fullest. Therefore, people are now opting for a daily exercise routine and a healthy lifestyle.


The growth in sustainability practices in sports textiles is one of the key trends expected to gain traction in the market. Rising environmental concerns have led to an increase in demand for certified sustainable sports textiles derived from organic, recycled or sustainable materials. Various organizations are assisting vendors from the textile industry in meeting the standard requirements of sustainability in textile materials and fabrics. Additionally, the demand for eco-friendly fabrics and materials is also encouraging vendors to increase their sustainable sportech textile offerings. 



Sports textile has a versatile use. Some uses of Sports Textile are Shoes, sports equipment, flying and sailing sports, climbing, angling, cycling, winter and summer sports, indoor sportswear. Some of the sports where these textiles are being used are Golf, Tennis, Mountaineering, Skiing, Cricket and Paralympic Sports. 

A few areas where these textiles are being increasingly used are: 

  1. Swimming costume    
  2. Artificial turfs, sleeping bags, ballooning and parachute fabrics
  3. Material technology and design, of equipment
  4. Biomechanics and the engineering aspects of sports machinery
  5. Surface treatment of equipment
  6. Sports footwear