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RI company's shin guards used by World Cup players

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By: Alexandra Cowley 


Many of the World Cup soccer players are wearing a Rhode Island company's one of a kind shin guards. G–Form is based in Providence, founded by Southern New Englanders. They created a unique foam technology unlike any other protective gear and it's really taken off.

The foam technology can protect a iPad from shattering under a bowling balls weight. It's what tens of thousands of professional soccer players use to protect their shins, even the best of the best are wearing them in the World Cup games.

"We took something that we knew the market really needed and we did it the right way," said Thomas Cafaro. 

Cafaro is vice president of innovations for G–Form in Providence.

Cafaro said, "rather than being a typical cushioning foam that needs distance to travel to slow down the two objects, our technology utilizes the energy from the impact, reacts to it, and that's where all the energy goes, into this reactionary process."

Cafaro says the flexible, sleek design allows athletes to move freely and has a better result than the average stiff protective gear. It's not just soccer players taking advantage of the unique technology.

"We've got world class athletes from professional players in pro-sports globally to Olympic athletes that have worn our gear in all kinds of different areas," said Cafaro. 

To prove its effectiveness, Cafaro drops the bowling ball on a wine bottle wrapped in the G–Form shin guard. The protective gear prevents the bottle from shattering.

The gear is all made in Southern New England. A production facility in North Smithfield, Fall River, and Connecticut. It was invented by a handful of guys who attended RI and other New England colleges.

Cafaro says, "It's a real sense of pride because here we are, we like to fancy ourselves as creative people set out to do something. When you can accomplish it and people at the highest levels of their sport tell you you did it, there's a big sense of pride there."

G-Form started in a Rhode Island Barn in 2010 and is already an international sensation.

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