Leatt Neck Brace – Invention from TragedySometimes it takes tragedy to make change. Such was the case in South Africa in 2001 when Dr. Chris Leatt, a medical doctor and motorcycle rider went to a racetrack with his son who himself had just begun to ride. There, Dr. Leatt witnessed the death of another rider, Alan Selby, from suspected neck injuries. Dr. Leatt was so shaken by incident that he made it his mission to develop a device that would go a substantial way toward preventing this type of fatal injury in the future.
After three years of research, development, and testing, Dr. Leatt introduced his first Leatt-Brace. However, it would be another two years before the Leatt-Brace would make it to market on a large scale. Today, Leatt-Brace is a worldwide leader in neck protection for extreme sports.
Why Neck Protection – Why Leatt-Brace?Many studies have shown that helmets that have achieved the appropriate certification for their intended use– be it cycling, snowboarding, motocross, mountain biking, skateboarding, etc. – are extremely effective at protecting the head from impact during a crash or collision.
In fact, helmet technology has advanced so significantly that now the safety concern has become as much about the violent movement of your head and helmet counter to your body as it is about protecting your head inside that helmet. It is this whiplash effect that can be so damaging to you, even fatal. There are two main reasons for this. First, the violent movement of your head forward, backward, or sideways can snap your neck. Second, the abrupt halting of your head from a high-speed impact can cause massive contusions and swelling inside your cranium.
Enter the neck brace… more specifically, the Leatt-Brace. The critical function of the Leatt-Brace is to reduce the velocity of the head after it has been set in motion due to the impact from unanticipated crash.
In simpler terms, the Leatt-Brace is designed to bring your head to a controlled stop after a collision. The Leatt-Brace does this by redirecting the energy of an impact from your head and helmet, down through your Leatt-protected neck, and on toward other parts of your body, such as your chest.
As a device, the Leatt-Brace acts as a collar, reducing your head’s ability to jerk fully in any direction during a wipeout. This means your head cannot hyperflex forward, it cannot hyperextend backward, and it cannot laterally hyperextend sideways. This also means that your neck and spine cannot be compressed due to some significant impact to the top of your head.
Not withstanding its protective qualities, the beauty of this device is that it does not hinder your range of motion or your peripheral vision in any way while you participate in your given sport. To the contrary, it is so comfortable that you won’t really know you’re wearing it. That is, until you use it to rest your weary head. We’ve heard a story or two about a snowboarder who wore his Leatt-Brace home from the slopes while riding in the backseat of a car. Yes, you guessed it – he fell asleep sitting bolt upright. He didn’t even have to lean his head back against the headrest.
Leatt-Brace – A leader in neck protectionDr. Leatt likes to say the Leatt-Brace is ‘a helmet for your neck.’ Certainly that is one way to describe it. And it’s a nice slogan. But the Leatt-Brace is so much more. If you are a serious athlete concerned about neck protection, you may find there is no need to consider any other neck brace but Leatt.