Global Sports Protective Equipment Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global Sports Protective Equipment Market is segmented by Type (Ball Sports Protective Equipment, Water Sports Protective Equipment, Extreme Sports Protective Equipment, and Others), Distribution Channel (Offline Retail Stores and Online Retail Stores), and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 4.1 %

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Market Overview

The global sports protective equipment market is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.1% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Globally, there has been a significant rise in the prominence of ball sports, owing to the health and wellness trends, the increasing influence of social media, celebrity endorsements, and rise in the number of international sports events are encouraging consumers to enter some of the other sorts of sports activities. Football, basketball, and rugby are some of the popular ball sports with a significant amount of sports participation rate, across the world. This, in turn, has increased the demand for ball sports protective equipment, across the world.

Furthermore, players operating in the sports protective equipment market are embarking on significant investments to design customized products with essential assistance features, such as lightweight and comfort with enhanced protection. Additionally, the introduction of new products is creating a significant opportunity for key players to expand their product portfolio and to achieve a competitive advantage in the market.

Scope of the Report

The global sports protective equipment market is segmented by type into ball sports protective equipment, water sports protective equipment, extreme sports protective equipment, and others. By distribution channel, the scope includes offline and online retail stores. By geography, the scope includes North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle-East and Africa.

By Type
Ball Sports Protective Equipment
Fitness Sports Protective Equipment
Extreme Sports Protective Equipment
By Distribution Channel
Offline Retail Stores
Online Retail Stores
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increased Sports Participation Rate Owing to Favorable Government Initiatives

Globally, there has been a significant rise in the sports participation rate, owing to the increasing adoption of healthy lifestyles and the preference for staying fit has increased consumer indulgence in various sports activities. In addition, there is a rise in women’s participation rate that is likely to boost the demand for the various sports equipment in this market, across the world. Various governing associations are offering multi-faceted support to increase the women participation rate. For instance, in 2018, “love. Golf”, a UK initiative was introduced, aimed at increasing women’s and girls’ involvement in golf by focusing primarily on the social aspects of the game. Furthermore, various governing bodies and sports authorities/associations are introducing grassroots programs that are held at schools, colleges, and clubs to encourage participation. Such initiatives are expected to further boost the demand for sports protective equipment.

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Europe Holds Significant Share in the Market

Europe holds a significant share in the market, owing to the well-penetrated sports environment and enormous athlete participation rate witnessed in the region. Furthermore, the booming enthusiasm for country-level and international tournaments is gaining tremendous followers in the region and is leading to a large number of athlete admissions every year, which is, therefore, propelling the demand for associated businesses, including sports protective equipment. In addition, companies are adopting competitive strategies by investing more to develop new-generation technologies for the production of sports protective equipment, so as to develop a unique product portfolio, further driving the market growth in the region.

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Competitive Landscape

The global sports protective equipment market studied is highly competitive with the presence of regional and international competitors. The market is dominated by players, like Nike Inc., Adidas AG, and Under Armour. These companies are leveraging on expanding their presence into emerging markets, such as Asia-Pacific, with a focus on expanding their revenue base. In addition, key players are focusing on online distribution channels for their online marketing and branding of their products, in order to expand their geographic reach and to increase their customer base.

Recent Developments

In April 2018, Pure Hockey, the largest hockey retailer in the U.S., announced that it has acquired both of Bauer Hockey's "Own The Moment" retail stores. The new stores will operate as "Bauer Hockey Experience" locations.  With the acquisition, Pure Hockey will now operate 53 retail locations across the United States, as well as three ecommerce sites focused on hockey and goalie equipment.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Ball Sports Protective Equipment

      2. 5.1.2 Fitness Sports Protective Equipment

      3. 5.1.3 Extreme Sports Protective Equipment

      4. 5.1.4 Others

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Offline Retail Stores

      2. 5.2.2 Online Retail Stores

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Amer Sports

      2. 6.4.2 Nike Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Adidas AG

      4. 6.4.4 Puma SE

      5. 6.4.5 Harrow Sports Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Under Armour

      7. 6.4.7 Bauer Hockey Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 MIZUNO Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Schutt Sports Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Sports Protective Equipment Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Sports Protective Equipment Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

Adidas AG, Under Armour, Inc., Nike, Inc. , Amer Sports , BRG Sports are the major companies operating in Sports Protective Equipment Market.

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