Neck Braces reduce the severity of the following impacts:
- Hyperflexion – The most common neck injury type where the head is pushed back excessively, up to 40% of neck injuries also involve compression.
- Posterior Hypertranslation – Pushing the head backwards and also bending back.
- Posterior Lateral Hypertranslation – Pushing the head back and to the side, rotational injuries.
- Anterolateral Hyperflexion – Pushing the head forward and to the side, rotational injuries.
- Axial Loading – Landing head first causing the spine to be compressed and pushed forward, this is the hardest movement to provide protection for, but the Leatt brace still offers up to 17% reduction of forces and offers support for the head and neck post-crash if an injury has been sustained.
How does a Leatt brace reduce these forces?
The Leatt brace works in a few different ways, firstly acting as a support collar around your neck which physically prevents the rider from being able to bend their head and neck past a certain point in all directions.
The helmet first comes in contact with the padded helmet rim strike area which then transfers the force of the impact through the neck brace into the padded load dispersion areas which are located at the front and rear of the brace.
The front padded load dispersion area transfers the energy to the rider’s pectoral muscles and the rear load dispersion area transfers energy to the top shoulder muscles either side of the spine.
The padding also helps reduce some of the impact to the riders head as the controlled impact transfer reduces rapid brain deceleration helping prevent the severity of brain injuries.