Study shows new chest protector is effective and youth athletes most at risk.
Athletic chest protectors are critical to the safety of hockey and lacrosse goalies, baseball/softball catchers, and umpires. There is a wide assortment of chest protectors on the market, most of which have proven to be less than adequate against serious injury and can give a false sense of security.
But one manufacturer’s product apparently now offers better protection from potentially fatal blows to the chest.
The Unequal Technologies HART Chest Protector have proven 95 percent effective in the prevention of Commotio cordis, according to a study published in The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Commotio cordis is a sudden disruption of the cardiac rhythm caused by a forceful impact to the chest that often results in fatal cardiac arrest.
Unequal Technologies develops protective padding for a variety of athletic of headgear, including the popular Halo headband.
Youth athletes under the age of 16 are most at risk from such incidents. About 10 to 20 cases occur annually in the U.S. More than one-third of Commotio cordis incidents occur in athletes wearing chest protectors, according to a study published in 2013. Therefore, it’s paramount that appropriate padding is properly placed.
For more information on Commotio cordis, click here.