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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island company has been making the shin guards used by many of the players in this year's World Cup soccer tournament.

Providence-based G-Form makes protective sports equipment using a technology that allows its products to stiffen on impact, dissipating energy.

The company's co-founder, Danny Warshay, tells the Providence Journal that while its shin guards are being used by many international players in Brazil, American players are not using the products. That's because the U.S. team is sponsored by a competitor, Nike.

G-Form began in Providence in 2010 with five employees. It now has about 130 at its North Smithfield plant.

It also makes protective equipment for football, hockey, skateboarding, bicycling and other sports.

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