Nike Helps Design Airplane Interior Focused on Athlete-Specific Needs

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2014

via Teague

As fun as being a professional athlete may be, the traveling aspect of the job can be tough on the body. That's why Nike has helped design a plane that could make traveling a little bit easier on athletes.

We've seen time and again, particularly in the NFL, that teams struggle in games played on the opposite coast. If there were a plane that met the specific needs of athletes, there might not be as big of an effect on the players when they make cross-country trips.

Nike and Seattle design firm Teague teamed up to create an airplane cabin that is specifically designed for a sports team.

The point of this plane would be to use the cabin space in the most efficient way possible. That means there will be fewer seats than a typical plane, but there will be other things added to the interior of the plane. 

Here's how Teague described the different areas of the plane's interior (h/t NikeBlog.com):

Recovery: equalizing the negative effects of air travel on the mind and body, and bringing the training room to 40,000 feet through in-flight biometrics and analysis to accelerate injury diagnosis and treatment.

Circulation: fostering natural mobility and building in equipment that ensures optimal circulation and promotes healing.

Sleep: designing ideal sleeping conditions for individuals and sleep strategies for entire teams to maximize physical readiness.

Thinking: creating spaces for key mental activities, especially film study—enabling in-transit film review both before and after games.

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Check out some pictures of what the interior of the plane could look like:

Credit: Teague

Credit: Teague

The Teague x Nike Sports Aircraft is just a concept right now. If this idea does come to fruition, it could help visiting teams when it comes time to play games.

[Teague, h/t NikeBlog.com]

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