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Lindsey Vonn GoPro in St Moritz - Always Geared for Safety (and video recording)

Take note how sharp her edges are during her aggressive angling. Always good to CYA Lindsey!!

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Sarah Burke honoured at X Games 2012

ASPEN, Colo. — Holding white glow sticks above their heads, Sarah Burke’s friends took a slow trip down a darkened halfpipe at the Winter X Games on Thursday — bidding a sad farewell to the skier who helped push their sports to the heights they’ve reached today.

With light snow falling on them at the bottom, those friends embraced Burke’s parents and her husband — all still mourning a week after the 29-year-old Canadian freestyle icon’s death following a training accident on a halfpipe in Utah.

It was a touching moment in front of a normally raucous X Games crowd that fell silent while watching the tribute. It opened with a video remembrance of Burke, the four-time champion in skiing superpipe who used to save her best work for the fans in Aspen.

“Everything she believed in is on this mountain tonight,” Winter X emcee Sal Masekela told the crowd. “Competition, excellence, progression.”

By Eddie Pells, National Post; Photo by Christophe Pallot

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Just One More Reason to Wear Your Protective Gear!!

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Today Show Talks School Sports: Keeping Your Child Safe

Today Show's Natalie Morales interviews physician Dr. Jordan Metzl who gives important advice for parents and kids who are starting fall sports programs, discussing the potential dangers and injuries to avoid.

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Innovative Bike Design Opens New World for Disabled Riders

Definitely need the right gear on these wheels!  Inspiring story.

A decade ago, Jake O'Connor was certain it was all over. The hiking, biking, camping and hunting he had enjoyed for nearly all of his 23 years had come to an end.

Paralyzed from the waist down after a construction accident in 2001, O'Connor said he thought: "There is no way I will ever get back out there. Just no way."

Today, after years of tinkering, middle-of-the-night brainstorming and exhaustive testing, O'Connor's extra-burly handcycles are reviving lost dreams.

"My lust to get farther and deeper out there is why I'm doing this," says the Popeye-forearmed Crested Butte bike builder. "This bike has gotten me back out there."

By Jason Blevins, Denver Post; Photo by Meredith McNamara

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Longboard Racers Rip Down Lookout Mountain - Geared Up!
The 2011 Buffalo Bill Downhill celebrated it’s third year of bringing the World’s fastest skateboarders together for 2 days of mayhem on asphalt. The 1.1 long course down Lookout Mountain Road reaches speeds of 40mph with 7 turns, 4 of them technical hairpins. Now throw in some of the top riders in the world, sprinkle in a bit of danger, and serve it up with the epic mountain scenery of Colorado.

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Kim Gorgens: Protecting the brain against concussion

As a neuropsychologist working in the field of brain injuries, Kim Gorgens has seen firsthand the damage sports-related impacts can do. And as chair of the State of Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board and a member of the Brain Injury Legislative Collaborative, she’s working to shape the laws around youth sports injuries. Kim, an assistant clinical professor in the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, also is the president-elect of the Colorado Neuropsychological Society and has an appointment to the American Psychological Association’s Council on Disability in Psychology.

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Long Boarding Champion Mischo Erban Breaks Speed Record - 80.83 mph

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Professional BMX Dirt Rider in Coma

Professional BMX dirt rider T.J. Lavin remains in a medically induced coma due to bleeding in his brain, but was able to move his hands earlier today. In a text message sent from Lavin's mother to Lavin's friend and Dew Tour BMX dirt course builder Tim "Fuzzy" Hall on Saturday morning, Lavin's mother said "Neuro came and spoke to T.J. He moved his hands around and he gave the docs a thumbs up. He is not conscious. He's back on sedation to rest and minimize brain swelling."

The 33-year-old Las Vegas native and host of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" was injured Thursday evening at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. During dirt qualifying, Lavin failed to get his feet back on the pedals mid-air and was catapulted to his head. Lavin sustained an orbital fracture on his eye and a fractured right wrist. Contrary to earlier reports, Lavin did not suffer any broken ribs.

According to accounts from Lavin's business partner Chris Aday, the Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest before retiring from the pro dirt circuit.

Reference:  ESPN Action Sports

Photography: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

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Advantages of Protective Apparel

HexPad apparel gets protection in shape

Sometimes, simple is best.

HexPad technology is named that way because of the hexagon-shaped pads in the material. Simple. Its impact and scope in the six years of its existence, however, have been remarkable.

Its roots are in a 2004 trade show in Europe, but what came of it is now a multimillion-dollar industry servicing a vast array of sports and creating a whole new category of sports equipment called Protective Apparel.

Yes, McDavid Inc.'s HexPad technology has spawned all of that.

So what is it?

It's padding bonded to fabric — shirts, shorts, etc. Football players can use it for extra protection under their padding or in lieu of certain pads, most commonly hip and tailbone padding.

"They are hexagon-shaped athletic foam pads, so they nest easy together," said Rey Corpuz, director of sales and marketing for McDavid Inc. "They are bonded right to the fabric. If you wore a compression short back in the day for football, it would be a compression short with pockets in it. So you had to shove the pads in. After the game, you had to pull all of the pads out."

HexPad use spread to basketball when, as the story goes, Shaquille O'Neal, then a star player for the Miami Heat, suffered a deep thigh bruise. The Heat and Miami Dolphins trainers were good friends. Asked for ideas on how to help O'Neal play but still protect the injured thigh, the HexPad shorts were suggested. Not only did it work for O'Neal, he's been a customer ever since.

"We actually just made up a half-dozen shorts for Shaquille for this season," Corpuz said.

Shaq is not alone.

McDavid Inc.'s HexPad apparel is endorsed by Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow wore HexPad wraparound thigh pads in addition to the traditional thigh pads while starring at the University of Florida so that he would be protected, no matter where he was hit.

"It's very lightweight and very effective," Corpuz said. "Because they are independent pads, they move with the fabric. Air flows through them. It allows the player to move freely, so it increases the performance. It protects the player. And after the fact it's fully washable. Anyone from young kids that play athletics all the way up to the pro ranks wear this product."

And it's caught on in many other sports. HexPad apparel is used in soccer, handball, rugby, ski and snowboard sports. Colorado-based Sports Authority is planning to put HexPad apparel in its stores next month. McDavid Inc. is looking to get into or increase its presence in lacrosse, hockey, mixed martial arts, motocross and mountain biking as well. Outside of sports, the protective gear has been used by stuntmen and stuntwomen, as well as actors such as Angelina Jolie ("Salt"), and Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle ("Iron Man 2"), who do some of their own stunts.

"There's more things we can do with it," Corpuz said. "But for the most part, if it's working we're not messing with it."

Reference: Chris Dempsey, Denver Post

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C.Y.A. Gear Required Here

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN — According to these guys — and no one knows more about speed on a skateboard than they do — there's a hill in Colorado with the distinction of being the fastest skateboarding street in the world.

Although it isn't impossible to sleuth out, they're hesitant to say exactly where it is. They even prefer not to mention the town it's in.

That's because skateboarding on a road is illegal in Colorado, albeit a misdemeanor of the jaywalking variety, punishable with a $22 fine. But for the throng of more than 100 gritty gravity-fueled street surfers who gathered last weekend for the second annual Buffalo Bill Downhill Race on Lookout Mountain, that kind of money can add up quickly.

It's one of the reasons the enthusiastic crowd of longboard racers is so stoked about the fledgling Buffalo Bill event. For two days out of the year, a steep, twisted mile and a half of South Lookout Mountain Road is closed to car traffic and opened to skaters donning leather speed suits, body armor and full-face helmets for head-to-head competition in one of only three legal skateboard races in the nation.

It's a far cry from the tradition of "outlaw" racing the clan is accustomed to, with the benefit of hay-bale safety barriers and U-Haul shuttle rides providing skaters some 50 laps on the polished pavement overlooking both the Coors Brewery and the Continental Divide.

And the showcase of the state's seemingly endless assortment of steep mountain streets has captured the attention of longboarders throughout North America.

"I'm a racer myself, and I felt like there was good demand for a race like this in Colorado," event organizer Justin DuBois said Sunday. "There are a lot of kids that want to race and don't have a place to go besides outlaw races, which are super dangerous and you can't really get away with it. The sport is growing. There are just more and more fast people out there. Every year the kids keep getting faster and faster and more capable of skating gnarlier roads, and the courses just have to advance with that."

Despite appearances to the contrary, the Buffalo Bill downhill course does not fall within the upper levels of the gnarly scale that can see skaters reach rolling speeds of about 75 mph on the aforementioned unmentionable street. Still, the Jefferson County race course is considered a gem for its total package of tuckable straightaways combined with half a dozen tangled turns demanding the utmost technical skill.

Adding to the adrenaline mix, racers share the two-lane street with three other leather-clad speed freaks, jockeying for slots through a combination of drafting and "drifting" that places riders precariously close to one another as they skid through hairpin turns at 40-plus mph.

Bear in mind, skateboards don't have brakes. So the experts-only sideways skid is about the only way to check speed going into a tight turn.

"I wore out some pants learning how to slide to a stop," said 54-year- old masters division champion Tad Drysdale of Kirkland, Wash.

After buying his first longboard more than 20 years ago, Drysdale didn't find the courage to ride it until age 47. Now he's a sponsored racer.

"Every time I get on that board, I feel like I'm 13 again," he said.

In its second incarnation, DuBois' downhill race saw a doubling in registration that reached its 96-rider cap nearly two weeks before the event. Skaters came from Vermont, Rhode Island, California, Washington and Vancouver, with dozens of freeriders tagging along to simply sample the goods.

The word is out on our downhill skateboarding scene, and devoted riders are eager to see it for themselves.

"This event puts Colorado on the map, absolutely," said 2009 champion Zak Maytum of Boulder. "Last year was our first year, and a lot of people didn't really give us a chance, but there were enough of us from Colorado who had been to the big events and knew a lot of the top riders that they trusted our word that this was an unbelievable course. The location is great and the hills around this area are great."

As the owner of a skateboard parts company, Venom Bushings, the 18- year-old Maytum has seen what he terms "exploding" growth of downhill racing on longboards firsthand. And thanks to the abundance of quality riding terrain, he said Coloradans are leading the charge.

"Colorado is on its way up really, really fast," Maytum said. "The hills that we practice on around here are so much more difficult and so much more advanced than what people in other scenes have that we just have to learn fast."

Maytum finished second to reigning International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) world champion Kevin "K-Rimes" Reimer of Vancouver in a tight final race that Maytum led nearly the entire way Sunday. Bolstering the Colorado clout, Golden's Kyle Wester, 22, finished third.

Wester has skated since he got his first longboard in seventh grade, but he took up racing only two years ago. He's been addicted ever since.

"I just love longboarding," Wester said of his decision to pursue the sport's rootsy speed discipline over the more glamorous park and vert ramp events showcased in televised contests such as the X Games and Dew Tour. "Sliding, racing, hills — I just like going fast."

Reference: Scott Willoughby, Denver Post

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Even Opee The Dog Wears A Helmet

Off-road racing dog has skill and a need for speed

Opee is only 8, but he's already a popular veteran in the down and dirty sport of motocross.

He can pull 6 Gs. He's been the centerfold for Cycle News and poses regularly for fan photos. He's a survivor of the grueling Baja 500 and has racked up more than 10,000 hours on a dirt bike.

Sometimes, you can barely see the 70-pound pooch - a blue merle Australian shepherd - through the dust on his goggles and his custom helmet, complete with cam.

"I am his biggest fan," said Mike Schelin, Opee's owner, race partner and a purveyor of used motorcycle parts from a shop next to his mobile home.

Schelin got the dog in 2001 shortly after his divorce. He raises him with other dogs and two horses at a spread he calls Miracle Flats. Known as "The Dogfather" to some in the sport, Schelin always takes a back seat to Opee.

"He was my instant best friend," Schelin said. "He slept in my tool bag. There was something about him. He's had charisma since Day One. I knew I had a dog who could make a difference."

Schelin, 41, realized he had a four-legged motocross fan as a pet when he started riding in the desert with Opee on the chase.

"I felt bad for him, he would run so long." So Schelin bought a four-wheeler and they went desert riding together. The dog didn't like the dust in his eyes, so Schelin got him goggles. One day, Opee ditched the four-wheeler and hopped on the motorcycle tank, where he's been ever since, Schelin said.

If the bike isn't moving, Opee will just fall asleep on the tank. They keep it bare because they've never found a covering that's comfortable for the dog, Schelin said.

Reaction to Opee was magic. He was an instant canine ambassador to off-roading. Finding sponsors was no problem and soon Opee had his own custom gear, including a specially made neck brace, inflatable vest, backpack, water supply and several jerseys. He got his American Motorcycle Association card and his SCORE International card, the latter so he could race in Baja.

The dog does lots of other things, too. He's been a search and rescuer, a California assistance dog and visits kids in hospitals with Schelin. They regularly work crowds at races in the area, including the Supercross in Anaheim.

Opee appears to be Schelin's biggest fan as well. "From what I see, he loves Mike and would go anywhere with him," said Ricky Johnson, a seven-time national motorcycle champion who owns Perris Raceway near Schelin's place.

Opee and Schelin race, but not to win. Because they're different and for safety's sake, they always start in the rear and they only compete with the cyclist in front of them, Schelin said.

Schelin's greatest triumph came when his five-member team - with Opee in the driver's seat for 276 miles - finished the cross-country Baja 500 with 10 minutes to spare - in 17 hours, 49 minutes, 36 seconds - and ahead of half the pack.

"The average person races eight times before he finishes," he said.

In the beginning, Schelin had trouble seeing around Opee, but they worked out shifts and leans and it's seldom a problem now. Schelin also uses voice commands.

"When we come up to a jump, I tell him to set it up and he will drop down and give me more of a view," Schelin said. If they're at the bottom of a cliff or big hill and there's too much weight, he just tells Opee to get off and meet him at the top.

Schelin doesn't go racing without Opee these days. "I can't go as fast without him. I can't jump as far without him. I don't feel as safe without him. He's become a natural part of the bike with me. We have this natural rhythm."

Even the most skilled motocross racer has a plaster cast past and Opee is no exception. His worst crash came in the 2006 Baja 500.

"We took a spill at 75 mph in the dirt and went into a 40-foot skid," Schelin said.

The dog isn't attached to the bike or Schelin in any way. He skinned his nose and scraped his paw. Schelin sliced his leg. The injuries weren't enough to put them out of the race though.

"I would never do anything to hurt my dog," Schelin said. "Opee keeps me in check at all times. If he doesn't jump up on the bike, we don't go."

Schelin is not only racing partner but stage dad for his dog, with a few goals for the future: Do a back flip with Opee into a foam pit ("he would hold on the same way I do - gravity"); see Opee recognized as the fastest dog on the planet (he's written to Guinness); take a tandem skydive; and go to the movies to see Opee in a major motion picture.

Schelin answered a Hollywood agent's TV ad three years ago, but he hasn't heard back and is looking for representation. Opee, he said, is too talented to go undiscovered.

"The only thing missing is the cape."

Reference: SUE MANNING,  

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Luckily for Kevin Pearce, Wearing His Helmet Saved His Life

A snowboarder's accident casts a shadow over the upcoming Olympics

Maybe you've found yourself wondering, while watching the Olympic halfpipe every four years: Where can they possibly take the sport from here? In the months leading up to the Vancouver Games, the answer became clear: The next frontier is a family of exceptionally challenging off-axis spins called corks. Right now, the best riders in the world are executing double corks—stunts with Jabberwocky names such as "switch double Haakon flip" and "double McTwist."

Last June, Kevin Pearce (SI, Dec. 7, 2009) sat cross-legged on the backside of California's Mammoth Mountain, sounding like a pioneer. The 22-year-old Vermonter, a rising star in the sport, had invited a handful of his snowboarding friends to train with him. (They call themselves Frends—the absent i denoting selflessness.) With Pearce, Danny Davis and Luke Mitrani dialing in an assortment of double-corked moves, there was a sense of euphoria in the air. Pearce marveled at how quickly he and his Frends had gone from "just thinking about these tricks to actually taking it to the wall."

That progression was slowed last Thursday. In the process of landing a cab double cork—a trick he's nailed before—Pearce caught his toe-side edge, slamming headfirst into the wall of the halfpipe at Park City, Utah. Pearce, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a serious head injury; as of Monday he was in critical but stable condition at the University of Utah Hospital. "Kevin sustained a severe traumatic brain injury," said one of his doctors, Holly Ledyard. "[He] has a long recovery ahead of him."

How long a shadow will Pearce's accident cast over the Olympic halfpipe, scheduled to begin on Feb. 17? Through a spokeswoman, the Frends declined to comment. But, while discussing this latest generation of "heavy" tricks with Denver Westworld last month, Davis said, "One thing that I've realized is that you've got to commit.... If you think you're gonna freak out and open up halfway through it, don't try it."

Best wishes for a healthy, speedy recovery Kevin

Reference: Sports Illustrated, January 11, 2010 - written. by Austin Murphy


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Wearing Safety Gear Saves Lives - Another Reason to Wear a Helmet while Skateboarding
August 4, 2009

Missoula man killed in skateboard crash

Montana officials say a 20-year-old man has died after slamming into a tree while skateboarding alone.

Sgt. Tony Rio of the Missoula County Sheriff's Department says the man was skateboarding with a group of friends along a road Friday night and stayed behind when they left. When the man missed a wedding the next day, the friends called emergency workers.

Deputies found the man's body by the side of the road and determined he died sometime Friday night after crashing into a tree.

The man, who was not immediately identified, wasn't wearing a helmet or other protective gear.


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Skateboard Safety Advice to Reduce Injuries
Skateboarding is an increasingly popular recreational activity among teenagers-especially young males. Practice skateboarding safely and use protective equipment. It is a fun and healthy sport that can give you a low-impact aerobic workout.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons encourages physical activity as part of an overall health and fitness plan. You can have fun, but it is always important to be safe!

Incidence of Injury

To improve skateboarding safety, a growing number of communities provide supervised skateboard parks. These may have professionally designed "bowls" and "ramps" or other designated skateboarding areas that are located away from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Skateboarding is an activity in which you move quickly over hard surfaces. It can lead to injuries that range from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic brain injury. Each year in the United States, skateboarding injuries cause about 50,000 visits to emergency departments and 1500 children and adolescents to be hospitalized. (Source: AAP, March 2002. )

Most hospitalizations involve head injury. Even injuries that heal quickly can cause pain and anxiety, cost time, and money and may lead to disabilities. This can include loss of vision, hearing and speech; inability to walk, bathe, toilet, dress or feed yourself; and changes in thinking and behavior.

Skateboarding is not recommended for young children. That's because they are still growing and do not yet have the physical skills and thinking ability a person needs to control a skateboard and ride it safely.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

  • Children under age 5 years old should never ride a skateboard.
  • Children aged 6 to 10 years old need close supervision from an adult or trustworthy adolescent whenever they ride a skateboard.

When young children are involved in skateboarding accidents, they are often injured severely. Skateboarding is a special risk for young children because they have:

  • A higher center of gravity, less development and poor balance. These factors make children more likely to fall and hurt their heads.
  • Slower reactions and less coordination than adults. Children are less able to break their falls.
  • Less skill and ability than they think. Children overestimate their skills and abilities and are inexperienced in judging speed, traffic and other risks.

Serious skateboarding injuries happen when you lose control and fall or run into a motor vehicle, road hazard, pedestrian, another skateboarder or bicyclist. You are at risk for injuries:

  • If you don't use protective equipment.
  • If you don't keep your skateboard in good condition.
  • If you skateboard on irregular surfaces.
  • If you attempt "tricks" beyond your skill level.

Sixty percent of skateboard injuries involve children under age 15; most of those injured are boys. At highest risk are:

  • Inexperienced skateboarders. Those who have been skating for less than one week suffer one-third of injuries, usually caused by falls.
  • Skateboarders who do not wear protective equipment. Every skateboarder should wear standard safety gear. This includes a helmet, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads and appropriate shoes. Skateboarders who perform tricks should use heavy duty gear.
  • Skateboarders who go near traffic or use homemade skateboard ramps. Both activities are particularly dangerous.
  • Experienced skateboarders who encounter unexpected surfaces or try risky stunts. Irregular riding surfaces, rocks or other debris can cause you to fall. You can stumble over twigs or fall down slopes. Wet pavements and rough or uneven surfaces can cause a wipeout. Avoid risky behavior. Don't skateboard too fast or in dangerous or crowded locations.
Types of Injury

Skateboarding injuries often involve the wrist, ankle or face. Many injuries happen when you lose your balance, fall off the skateboard and land on an outstretched arm.

  • Injuries to the arms, legs, neck and trunk range from bruises and abrasions to sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations. Wrist fractures are quite common. Wearing wrist guards can reduce their frequency and severity.
  • Facial injuries include breaking your nose and jawbone
  • Severe injuries include concussion, closed head injury and blunt head trauma.
  • You can suffer permanent impairment or even death if you fall off the skateboard and strike your head without a helmet. Most brain injuries happen when your head hits pavement. You are most at risk if you skateboard near traffic and collide with motor vehicles, bikes, pedestrians or other obstacles.

You can prevent most skateboarding injuries if you follow all of these recommendations:

Use a quality skateboard

Skateboards have three parts-the deck (the board itself), the trucks (the mechanism to which wheels are attached) and the wheels. Shorter decks are best for beginners because they are easier to balance and handle. Skateboards have various characteristics for all types of riding including slalom, freestyle and speed. Some are rated for the user's weight.

Keep your skateboard in proper working order

You should inspect it before every ride. Look for problems that need repair. These can include loose, broken or cracked parts; sharp edges on metal boards; a slippery top surface; wheels with nicks and cracks, etc. Get professional help to repair serious defects.

Learn the basic skills of skateboarding, especially how to stop properly.

Also learn slowing and turning techniques, and how to fall safely: If you are losing your balance, crouch down on the skateboard so you won't have as far to fall. Try to land on the fleshy parts of your body rather than your arms. Relax and roll.

Wear proper protective equipment

Before getting on your skateboard, empty your pockets of all hard and sharp objects and put on your protective gear. Essential protective equipment includes:


To protect your head from injury, always wear a properly fitting helmet. This is true no matter what your age, level of experience or location where you are skateboarding. Get a quality bicycle or multi-sport helmet. It should meet or exceed safety standards of the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell Memorial Foundation. You may need to try on several sizes and models to find a helmet that fits your head correctly and securely. A properly fitting helmet:

  • Is worn flat on your head with the bottom edge parallel to the ground
  • Sits low on your forehead
  • Has side straps that form a "V" shape around each ear
  • Has a buckle that fastens tightly (there should be room to put only two fingers between the strap and your chin)
  • Has pads inside that you install or remove so the helmet fits snuggly
  • Does not move in any direction when you shake your head
  • Does not interfere with your movement, vision or hearing

Replace your helmet when it is damaged, outgrown or at least every five years. You may need to replace it sooner if the manufacturer recommends it.

Note: Effective January 1, 2003, California has expanded its bicycle helmet law to require that children under age 18 wear helmets each time they use a skateboard, inline skates, roller skates or scooter, making the state's child helmet law the strictest in the nation. Violators face fines of $25, most of which benefits local health departments promoting helmet safety education and subsidizing helmet purchases for low-income families.

Wrist guards, knee and elbow pads and other gear

Wrist guards help support the wrist and reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you fall. Knee and elbow pads reduce the severity of cuts and scrapes, and prevent gravel burns. You should also wear closed, slip-resistant shoes, and consider goggles to keep debris out of your eyes.

Skateboard only on smooth pavement away from traffic, preferably in a supervised skate park.

  • Never hold onto the side or rear of a moving vehicle while riding a skateboard ("skitching"). You could fall or be thrown into oncoming traffic if the vehicle suddenly slows, stops or turns.
  • Never use your skateboard in wet weather.
  • Avoid skateboarding in crowded walkways or in darkness.
  • Always screen the area before you skateboard, inspecting surfaces for rocks and other debris.

Be careful with tricks and jumps.

Skateboarding skill is not acquired quickly or easily. Don't take chances by skateboarding faster than your experience allows, or faster than is safe for conditions or the speed of other skateboarders. If you try tricks and jumps, practice them only in a controlled environment, such as a skate park that has adult supervision and appropriate access to emergency medical care.

Stay in shape.

Prevent skateboarding injuries by keeping in top physical condition. Stretch and do conditioning exercises before and after skateboarding.

Do not use headphones while skateboarding.

Never put more than one person on a skateboard.

Be considerate of fellow skateboarders, especially those who are younger and / or less skilled.

Know what to do in an emergency.

Skateboarding accidents happen, so you should always know what to do in emergency situations. Don't panic. Call 911 for medical assistance or an ambulance.

Reference: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)

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Extreme Snowmobiler Chris Burandt Gears Up for the Backflip

Extreme snowmobiler Chris Burandt says doing a backflip on a snowmobile is difficult because everything is backward as you try to flip a 450 pound machine.  But like everything else, riders get used to it the more they do it. There are fewer than a dozen athletes who can perform it.  But, rest assured, these athletes don't dare perform these stunts with out proper protective gear.  Chris Burandt gears up with the following:

Gloves, Helmet, Chest/Back Pads, Shoulder Pads, Elbow/Arm Pads, Padded Shorts, Leg Pads, and Boots. 

Whether you're an extreme athlete performing daring stunts, or a weekend warrior, it is always in your best interest to gear up with those that Burandt is wearing.

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McDavid Hexpad Shorts Exposed

Proof that McDavid's Hexpad Shorts are great for rodeo and other sports where you need tailbone padding and protection.

The important thing is that they stay in place, otherwise they won't do much good.

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Extreme Sports Injuries - The Physical Risks of Action Sports
All athletes risk injury. What are some of the risks associated with action sports and what are some of the most memorable recent injuries?

Injuries occur in every sport. Within the past decade there has been an increase in the awareness within the general population of the risks of sports-related injuries and safety measures to prevent them. For those who engage in action sports, or extreme sports as they are commonly referred to, injuries can be especially traumatic, even with the proper protection.

The most commonly occurring injuries in the action sports arena are as follows:

  • Fractures- broken bones
  • Strains/Sprains- injuries to the soft tissue including muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Lacerations- disruptions, or cuts in the skin
  • Bruising- a pooling of blood beneath the surface of the skin

These injuries occur in one of two manners.

  • Chronic/repetitive use injuries- examples of this type of injury are stress fractures and muscle tears.
  • Acute injuries- result from trauma and commonly include injuries such as fractures and head injuries.

Some sports have injuries that are more common to them than to other sports. Among skateboarders and inline skaters for example, the incidence of wrist and elbow injuries is high compared to other sports. Mountain climbing is a sport for which chronic use injuries are common.

In action sports, pushing the limits is a continuous drive for most athletes. Regular conditioning and practice sessions frequently involve more risk than most traditional athletes face. With the continuous increase in physical achievements there has also been an increase in physical injuries. The following are some of the more shocking and memorable injuries that have occurred in action sports.

  • Mat Hoffman- This BMX champion suffered an accident, which ruptured his spleen and led to cardiac arrest from which he was luckily revived.
  • Brian Deegan- Years of MotoX riding have contributed to a long list of injuries for Deegan including a wreck in which he lost not only a kidney, but also four pints of blood.
  • Danelle Ballengee- Adventure racer Ballengee was on a trail run when she slipped on a patch of ice and fell over a ledge. She suffered multiple injuries and was forced to spend the night alone in the Moab backcountry before being rescued the following day.
  • Jake Brown- During X Games 13 he suffered one of the most dramatic falls in skateboarding history and walked away, albeit with numerous injuries, and the silver medal.

Injuries don’t just happen to professional athletes. Each year more people are joining the ranks of action sports devotees. Although there is no way to completely prevent injuries while participating in action sports there are several ways to prepare for, and minimize the damage caused. Of course, you should always wear protective gear (helmets, pads, etc) that is designed specifically for your sport. If at all possible, have a cell phone or radio with you so that you can call for help should you need it. Have a first aid kit nearby and consider enrolling in a First Aid course (either a standard course or one designed for wilderness survival). Also, if you are heading out alone or going into the country, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back.

Reprinted with permission from author, Jodi Gallegos

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AllSport Dynamics Wrist Brace get's stellar review by Transworld Motocross

We've always loved AllSport Dyamics Wrist Brace and I guess we aren't the only one.  Transworld Motocross just reviewed it their latest issue.  Here are their findings.  To see full article click here


Transword Motocross RATING: 9.5


Allsport Dynamics is the originator of off-the-shelf wrist protection as well as custom wrist braces. But with the advancement of OTS technology, the company has decided to put the majority of its focus on the universal OTS brace rather than the high dollar super-expensive custom made braces. The frame of the OTS brace is made out of an epoxy resin, carbon fiber, and Kevlar composite with a lace liner consisting of two straps—one on the palm and one on the forearm—to keep it in place and allow for fitment on varying sizes of wrists. There are also three different wrist stops—zero degrees, 20 degrees, and 40 degrees—that can be mounted to give the wrist less or more movement depending on a rider’s preference or range of motion in their wrist. Also adding to the adjustment of the brace is that there are two thumb straps. One is designed to be cut off depending on what arm the brace is needed for.


Like any type of brace or protective gear, the Allsports Dynamics OTS brace takes a little getting used to, but once you do the lightweight frame and comfortable adjustable liner make it almost unnoticeable. For riders that have recently injured their wrists, these braces are a must have. And the varying stops, which allow you to graduate up to the smallest once your range of motion increases, make the wrist work great for riders rehabbing after an injury. The lace liner helps with the comfort factor of the brace, as it allows for it to not be tightened down too much, giving room for the always dreaded arm pump if it occurs. While we’re on the subject of armpump, though, we must say that once you have the lace liner tightness dialed in, the OTS brace doesn’t add to the armpump factor. Here at TWMX , quite a few staffers actually wear either one or two OTS braces as a preventative measure, as they started wearing one after an injury and haven’t stopped.


It’s really difficult to find a miss about this product, but if we had to we would have to say that the palm strap wears out, albeit after quite some time though. Also, it would be nice if somehow the brace stopped the wrist from being pushed forward in the event of a crash, but without putting something on the palms and obstructing your grip, that seems like a difficult task.


If you have ever suffered a wrist injury or if you just want to prevent one, take a look at the Allsport Dynamics OTS Brace, you won’t be disappointed. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and does a great job of keeping you just that much safer when you ride.

Thanks Transworld  and Brendon Lutes for this great review!

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Basketball Leg Injuries

Basketball Leg Injury

Hamstring Injury: The hamstring is actually a group of three muscles in the upper inside of the leg. These muscles work to move the legs and hips in the correct way when walking, running, and moving. A hamstring injury most commonly occurs when running in quick short bursts, or sprinting. The muscles are extended to the fullest during this type of run, and can often be pushed beyond their capability. Since basketball is a sport which requires constant change in directions and sprinting up and down the court, a hamstring injury can be common.

Shin Splints: While shin splints is not an actual condition, it is a term used in many sports to describe otherwise unspecified pain in the shin area. This pain is often characterized by tenderness, pain which stops at rest and begins again when running, swelling, and redness in the lower front leg.

Tips to prevent leg injuries in basketball:
  • Warm up properly.
  • Strengthen the muscles in the entire leg. Walking stairs and weight training are good strengthening exercises.
  • Wear proper footwear. Shoes that don’t fit or are substandard can increase risk of injury
  • Stretch consistently and properly to lengthen muscle limits. Many times, injuries occur when muscles which are not often stretched are pushed beyond their limits.

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Basketball Knee Injury Prevention

Basketball Knee Injury Prevention

Patellar Tendonitis: The patellar tendon is what joins the kneecap and the tibia. When performing direction changes (lunges, turns) or jumps, the patellar tendon is put under a great deal of stress. Continued stress of the tendon can result in degeneration and a knee injury condition known as “Jumper’s Knee”. Symptoms of Jumper’s Knee or Patellar Tendonitis include pain in the kneecap, aching after exercise, and calf weakness. Sometimes this knee injury seems minor, but if left untreated, it can result in a more serious knee injury.

Cartilage Knee Injury: The knee has cartilage which absorbs the shocks from running and jumping. However, constant running and jumping, particularly when not precipitated by proper warm up, can result in degeneration and damage to this knee cartilage. Symptoms of a cartilage knee injury include pain when pressing down on knee, pain on the inside of knee, swelling of knee, and inability to obtain full range-of-motion with knee. A severe cartilage knee injury may require surgery.

Torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament): The ACL is one of the primary ligaments that stabilizes the knee. Generally, a torn ACL knee injury occurs when there is a direct blow or when a twisting force is applied to the knee but the foot does not move. Many times, when an ACL is torn, there is an audible pop. A torn ACL is usually immediately painful, but swelling in the knee can be instantaneous or delayed. The knee can remain swollen and tender.

Tips to prevent a knee injury in basketball:
  • Warm up properly.
  • Strengthen the muscles in the entire leg to prevent loss of stability. A knee injury can be caused when unstable ligaments and muscles are pushed physically. Walking stairs and weight training are good strengthening exercises.
  • Stretch consistently and properly to lengthen muscle limits. Many times, injuries occur when muscles which are not often stretched are pushed beyond their limits.
  • Wear proper footwear. Shoes that don’t fit or are substandard can increase risk of injury.
  • Consider a knee brace during practices and play, particularly if you have a history of knee injury. A knee brace can provide added stability to decrease the chance for abnormal pressure to be applied to the ligaments. The DonJoy knee brace provides many choices for bracing, so you should be able to find a knee brace that fits your needs.

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Basketball Ankle Injury Prevention

Basketball Ankle Injury Prevention Info

Basketball Ankle sprain: An ankle sprain is simply an abnormal stretching of the ligaments surrounding your ankle, or, in severe ankle sprains, a tearing of those ligaments. There are two types of ankle sprains. The first is the inversion sprain, which occurs when the ankle turns so that the foot faces inward toward the other foot. The other type of ankle sprain is the medial ligament sprain, which occurs when the ankle turns so that the foot is facing outward.

Ankle sprains range from first degree to third degree. First degree ankle sprains are mild with some swelling and stiffness. Second degree ankle sprains have some tearing of the ligaments with moderate to severe pain and swelling. Individuals with second degree sprains will have trouble walking. Third degree ankle sprains are a total tear of a ligament. They are generally immediately painful with severe swelling. However, the pain from some third degree ankle sprains goes away after a while, even though the injury remains.

Broken Ankle from Basketball: In addition to ankle sprains, the same types of injuries may cause a broken ankle. With an ankle fracture, a bone has actually been cracked or broken. Many times, a broken ankle will exhibit the same signs as a sprain, and the only way to know whether the injury is a sprain or facture is to have it x-rayed.

Achilles Tendonitis from Basketball: In addition to ankle sprains and broken ankles, Achilles tendonitis is a common injury in all running sports. This occurs when the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the ankle area, becomes inflamed through overuse or overextension. It is particularly common with over use on a hard surface, such as a basketball court. The symptoms range from ankle stiffness and pain to inability to walk.

Tips to prevent an ankle injury in basketball:
  • Warm up and stretch prior to playing or practicing.
  • Wear proper footwear. Shoes that don’t fit or are substandard can increase risk of ankle injury.
  • Train for ankle flexibility, strength, and balance. By incorporating Achilles tendon stretching and mobility exercises into a workout routine, the ankle keeps a high range of motion. A limited range of motion can increase the chance of an ankle injury.
  • Balance is also important, and should be considered in all running and jumping. When an individual lands on one foot, off balance, the likelihood for an ankle sprain is increased.
  • Consider wearing an basketball ankle brace when training and playing basketball. A good ankle brace can help keep the ankle from turning, particularly when landing jumps. A few great ankle braces for basketball are the Aircast Ankle Brace – Aircast AirSport Ankle Brace, Aircast Ankle Brace - Aircast A60 and DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace

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Basketball Pads & Protective Gear Buying Guide

Basketball Elbow Pads and Basketball Arm Sleeves:
Small, thin elbow pads worn to decrease damage to elbow, arm and hand joints from impacts and falls. The McDavid HexPad Power Shooter Arm Sleeve offers both elbow padding and full arm protection from scrapes as well offering compression and warmth.

Basketball Knee Pads:
Padded knee sleeves worn over knee to prevent impact to the knee and falls on the knees. McDavid is a brand that offers a great selection of knee pads, shin pads and ankle pads using its patented HexPad technology. The DonJoy Spider Knee Pad has been worn by Shaq and other top pros

Basketball Padded Shorts:
Compression shorts with built-in hip pads, thigh pads and tailbone pads are great for protection from hip injury, thigh injury and tailbone injury. McDavid Padded Shorts are wildly popular with pros Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Tracy McGrady.

Basketball Rib Padding:
Padded compression shirts with built-in rib padding are great for protection from sudden impacts to the ribs. The McDavid HexPad V-Hex Body Shirt is a favorite of NBA Players Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Tracy McGrady.

Basketball Knee Brace:
Optional braces are a good idea for players who have a history of knee injury. Braces can provide additional support and projection to keep from twisting or tearing ligaments in knee. DonJoy knee braces provide great relief to Jumper’s Knee and offer ACL protection. You’ll see Yao Ming wearing the DonJoy Playmaker from time to time.

Basketball Ankle Brace:
Ankle braces can be worn to reduce the risk of ankle turns and sprains, and are an especially good idea for those who have already injured and ankle, and are therefore more likely to repeat the injury. Some of our favorite Basketball Ankle Braces are the Aircast Ankle Brace – Aircast AirSport Ankle Brace, Aircast Ankle Brace - Aircast A60 and DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace.

Basketball Face Protection:
High impact nose guard used during basketball provides face protection and prevents nose injury, eye injury, and cheek bone injury. The Mueller Nose Guard is really the best choice for nose and face protection for basketball.

Basketball Compression Shorts:
Stabilizes hip and pelvis to reduce the risk of minor injuries to this area. We’re big fans of the Coreshorts from Coretection for Basketball.

Shoes which provide proper ankle support and traction are important in basketball. In basketball, the knees and ankles take most of the beating, so proper support in these areas is key. In addition, a basketball court can be slick, so shoes that provide the best grip will help prevent falls and slides.

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Baseball Batting Helmets - A History
Hey, it only seems like common sense that when you're 60' from someone firing a 90 MPH hardball at you, a helmet is a pretty cool thing to have covering your noodle. But like most athletes, baseball players would rather risk injury than lose even a split second's edge in competition.

History is a little misty about the first player that decided to protect his money maker and put more than a piece of cloth between his noggin and the ball.

Inventor Frank Mogridge made the first crude attempt at protective gear in 1905. He came up with something that looked like an inflatable boxing glove that wrapped around the hitter’s head. The A.J. Reach Company of Philadelphia sold it for $5. Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan experimented with it, and did him one better.

He developed a leather batting helmet in 1908 after he was severely injured by a beaning. He's considered the papa of batting helmets, although the other players snickered at the very thought of wearing one. Bresnahan, a catcher for the New York Giants, is also credited with inventing and using shinguards. Smart guy, hey?

Despite the fatal beaning of Ray Chapman by Carl Mays in 1920, batting helmets were not made mandatory in Major League Baseball until decades down the road.

According to The Way Baseball Works by Dan Gutman, Willie Wells of the 1942 Newark Eagles of the Negro National League was the first player to wear a helmet during a regular season game. It looked much like a blue collar hardhat.

But others say that the first time players wore protective headgear came during a spring training game on March 7, 1941, and continued on through the years. Pee Wee Reese and Ducky Medwick of the Dodgers wore a plastic insert after being beaned in 1940 and missing weeks of playing time.

The headpiece was designed by Johns Hopkins brain surgeon Walter Dandy, at the request of GM Larry McPhail. Those helmets were based on jockeys' hats, and were just a normal baseball cap with curved hard plastic shells slipped into a zippered compartment.

Regardless who started the idea, the first true helmet was developed by Charlie Muse at the behest of Pirate GM Branch Rickey. Muse was an executive with the club, and Rickey asked him to design and create a helmet that would protect the players' heads.

Muse was appointed president of Rickey’s American Cap Company, and came up with the first modern-day helmet, based on a miner's hardhat. Of, course, Rickey's company produced and sold them. Just a bit of serendipity, we're sure.

In 1952, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first major league team to permanently adopt batting helmets. And Rickey was serious about it. The Pirates were ordered to wear the helmets both at bat and in the field, though thankfully that idea only lasted a couple of seasons before the fielders could leave them in the dugout.

At first, the Bucs weren't too crazy about them, and the fans got a hoot out of them too, bouncing marbles off the players' helmeted heads. But one play that year turned many players' attitudes around.

A helmeted Paul Pettit, pinch-running for the Pirates against the Cubs, was speeding toward second base to break up a DP when the shortstop's bullet relay hit him squarely in the head. "All it did was dent the helmet, and he stayed in the game," recalled Joe Garagiola, talking to SI. "Made believers out of everybody."

They became mandatory in MLB in 1971. However, they had been in use for several years before the rule. In the 1950s and 1960s, many players batted without outer helmets, but used the Dodger-style plastic inserts inside their baseball caps.

After 1971, players who were grandfathered could still choose whether or not they wanted to use a helmet. Some players, like Norm Cash and Bob Montgomery, hit without a helmet throughout their playing careers. Montgomery was the last of the helmetless dinosaurs, retiring in 1979.

Although helmets with earflaps were common in amateur sports, they were slow to gain popularity at the professional level.

Earl Battey of the Minnesota Twins developed the first helmet with an ear flap. Cub third baseman Ron Santo gets the credit for donning the first earflap helmet at the major league level, after having his left cheekbone fractured by a pitch in 1966.

BoSox Tony Conigliaro had his career cut short in August of 1967, when Jim Hamilton beaned him with an inside heater (although in Hamilton's defense, Tony C was noted for crowding the dish, and had baseballs bounce off him regularly).

The pitch hit him flush on the cheek just below the left eye. If his batting helmet had an earflap, he might have been spared from serious injury. Still, the macho attitude continued unabated.

The idea of earflaps was accepted by the players relucantly. Some batters felt that catching a glimpse of the earflap out of the corner of an eye was distracting. But in 1983, it was made mandatory for new players to use a helmet with at least one ear flap.

Grandfathered players could elect to wear a helmet without ear flaps. Tim Raines was the last player to wear an old-timey helmet until he retired in the 2002 season. His flapless Florida Marlins helmet is currently on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame with other relics of baseball's Stone Ages.

Gary Gaetti, who retired in 2000, and Ozzie Smith, who retired in 1996, also wore helmets without flaps to the end. Julio Franco was the last player eligible to wear a helmet without flaps, although he's worn a helmet with one throughout his career - and it's been a pretty long and healthy one.

MLB bat and ball boys/girls are required to wear a helmet while on the field of play. Some catchers also continue to use the no-flap helmet, wearing it backwards along with their mask, but it looks like the hockey-style mask will eventually render the old school backstopping gear obsolete.

After the 2007 death of Tulsa Drillers first base coach Mike Coolbaugh, the old-timers coaching the bases were added to the list of protected species.

The Oakland A's Rene Lachemann decided to wear a helmet out to his third base coaching position for the remainder of the 2007 season after Coolbaugh's death. This year, MLB made it mandatory for coaches to wear helmets while in the box.

Some, like the Dodger's Larry Bowa, kicked and screamed about it, but if it's good enough for the players, the league felt it was good enough for them, too.

Hey, baseball players may be hard-headed, but...

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Crash Videos - Proof you need to gear up.

In case you weren't convicned you needed to wear sports protective gear hear is a great montage of crash videos.  For more crash videos be sure to visit  Also get sponsored and recieve discounts when you "hop on the bus".  Join now and you'll save on sports protective gear.




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C.Y.A. Protective Gear Launches “Crash Bus” on The Loop’d Network

C.Y.A. Protective Gear Launches “Crash Bus” on The Loop’d Network


Specialty retailer dives into social media with interactive fun while offering action sports athletes “Proof you should gear up!” 


Carlsbad, CA - C.Y.A. Protective Gear, a  retailer of safety gear for sports, and Loop’d Network, the leading social network for action sports and youth culture, today launched the “Crash Bus” online community at ( ).  A killer way to engage young action sports athletes, Crash Bus features a video challenge between members to submit their “crash videos” and compete for a coveted “seat on the bus”.  Members will have the chance to “ride” weekly and C.Y.A. will provide opportunities to win protective gear as a reward for the best of the best.


“The irony is that we are really using Crash Bus to underscore the importance of gearing up to athletes and enthusiasts alike”, said Jason Zinn, President of C.Y.A. Protective Gear.  “Safety gear can prevent serious injuries and even save lives, but you can’t preach to this audience.  Everyone loves a good crash, but no one wants to see anyone get hurt.  These crash videos either demonstrate what can happen when you are not protected, or show that choosing to wear protective gear can mean the difference of walking away or not. Partnering with Loop’d to create a strong association and re-enforcement through community is what we are going for here; Crashes happen, so it’s smart to protect yourself.” 


The community will also offer members sponsorship opportunities, contests, and discounts on protective gear including Helmets, Pads, Knee and Ankle Braces, Back and Spine Protectors, Neck Braces, Mouthguards and more from top brands like Dainese, EVS Sports, SixSixOne, Bell, Shock Doctor, Pro-Tec, DonJoy and Aircast.


“Crash Bus is a unique community on the Loop’d Network that also delivers an important message”, said Scott Tilton, chief executive of Loop’d Network.  “C.Y.A. has found an innovative way to engage athletes in an interactive community while reminding them that Protective Gear can reduce injuries and in some cases save lives. It all fits together as a part of the member experience on Loop’d.” 




To join the C.Y.A. community and win a chance to ride the bus visit to register and create a profile.  Once registered, members can interact and enjoy all the benefits of the community and explore across the Loop’d Network.


About C.Y.A. Protective Gear

C.Y.A. is the choice for action sports and team sports athletes alike. Focused on offering the best sports safety gear and pads, C.Y.A. is the number one destination for quality protective gear, competitive pricing, superior customer service, 24/7 access to the site and customer accounts, and a complete source of information for injury prevention and treatment. For more information, visit


About Loop’d Network

Loop’d Network is THE social network for action sports and youth culture. A place for Pros, Am’s and Fans to share with friends, discover what’s happening in their favorite sports, showcase their talent, and explore life. Our unique approach to social media and brand engagement provides unprecedented opportunities to personally connect with a highly influential youth demographic in more relevant and authentic ways.  For more information, visit

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The best way to Cover Your Ass - Padded Shorts and Padded Pants

Get your butt covered! 

Here is a look at our favorite padded shorts for Mountain Biking, Motocross, Skateboard and Snowboarding :

Crash Pads - Crash Pads makes great padded shorts and padded pants.

  • Crash Pads Mesh Long Underwear- They'll keep you warm and they have padding on the tailbone, hip and knees.  Great for sking and boarding
  • Crash Pads Mesh Underwear - Cooler material makes these shorts good for summer sports like skatboarding although they have all the right padding for snowboarding as well.
  • Crash Pads Power Underwear - If you don't like the idea of mesh the high tech moisture management fabric in these shorts provide compression and have the same padding that is ideal for snowboarding as well.
  • Crash Pads Mountain Bike Short - Desigined specifically for Mountain Biking these shorts combine all the features you want in a bike short, but have all the padded spots in the hip and leg areas to protect from falls while riding.  Great way to protect from abraisions as well.

Zoombang Padded ShortsZoombang's unique padding material is a polymer that is specially designed and engineered to behave like no other material in the world.  At rest the material is soft and conforms to the exact shape of the player.  However when an impact occurs Zoombang will instantly becomes firm and behave as a solid.

  • Zoombang Hip and Tailbone Shorts - A true compression short with wicking properties, but with the built in padding on the hip, tailbone and thigh areas.  The coverage on these shorts isn't as full as the Crash Pads on the tailbone area, but it's it's a lighter short if you are looking for a little less padding and more comfort.

Dainese MTB Impact Short - The ultimate protection for Mountain Biking.  Dainese flat out makes the best protective gear we've seen.  What else would you expect from the Italians.  Through some baggy shorts overthese and your are protected.

Rockgardn Padded Shorts - Known for the mountain bike gear Rockgardn shorts are ideal for downhill and overall protection for mountain biking and work great fro motocross as well.

  • Rockgardn CYA Shorts - These padded shorts are ideal mountain biking or motocross. Each ergonomically designed pad for the hips, tailbone, and lower quads is constructed as a half-inch thick “sandwich”, made from two layers of EVA foam with a center layer of impact-distributing ABS plastic.

McDavid Padded Shorts - McDavid makes some great padded shorts, but the they are better for team sports like football and baskeball. If you happen to be reading this for some of those sports be sure to check them out.

The Azzpadz - Designed for Snowboarding.  Not really a short, more a pad you strap on.   We like it, but we find the shorts are more comfortable to wear. 

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Giro Snowboard Helmets are here.

We just got our shipment in of Giro Snowboad Helmet for 2008-2009 Season.  With new features and styles now is the time to get geared up for the ski and snowboard season.  Check out the selection of Giro Helmets here.  And also be sure to check out Giro Goggles here.

They are in stock and ready to ship.

Known for the super lightweight bike helmets Giro snowboard helmets follow suit.  Super comfortable, lightweight and of course provide strong protection against falls.  Innovators in snowboard helmet technology, and the Giro G10 Snow Helmet and for you music junkies the Giro G10 Wireless Audio Snow Helmets are the way to go this year. 

The Giro G10 Wireless Audio Snow Helmet is one of our most popular freeski helmets and TuneUps Wireless is our most advanced audio system Developed in conjunction with Motorola, the system consists of a pair of modular speaker pods that clip into either the pads of your helmet or the included DJ handset. Intuitive, easy to reach controls are located on the spearker pods and are simple to use, even in gloved hands.

If aren't already skiing or snowboarding with a helmet on, you should definitely start. The Giro G10 and other Giro Helmets are really the best ski and snowboard helmets out there.

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How much is your brain worth?

Need a Helmet? Yes you do!!

The average careful bike rider may still crash about every 4,500 miles. Head injuries cause 75% of our 750+ annual bicycle deaths. Medical research shows that bike helmets can prevent 85% of cyclists' head injuries. And helmets may be required by law in your area.

How Does a Helmet Work?

A helmet reduces the peak energy of a sharp impact. This requires a layer of stiff foam to cushion the blow by crushing. Most bicycle helmets do this with expanded polystyrene (EPS), the white picnic cooler foam. Once crushed, EPS does not recover. Another foam, expanded polypropylene (EPP), does recover, but is much less common. A stronger EPS called GECET appeared in 1992 and is widely used now. Another foam called EPU (expanded polyurethane) is used in Taiwan. It has a uniform cell structure and crushes without rebound, but is heavier and requires a manufacturing process that is not environmentally friendly. The spongy foam inside a helmet is for comfort and fit, not for impact.

The helmet must stay on your head even when you hit more than once--usually a car first, and then the road. So it needs a strong strap and an equally strong fastener. The helmet should sit level on your head and cover as much as possible. Above all, with the strap fastened you should not be able to get the helmet off your head by any combination of pulling or twisting. If it comes off or slips enough to leave large areas of your head unprotected, adjust the straps again or try another helmet. Keep the strap comfortably snug when riding.

What Type do I Need?

Most helmets are made of EPS foam with a thin plastic outer shell. The shell helps the helmet skid easily on rough pavement to avoid jerking your neck. The shell also holds the EPS together after the first impact. Some excellent helmets are made by molding EPS in the shell rather than adding the shell later.

Beware of gimmicks. You want a smoothly rounded outer shell, with no sharp ribs or snag points. Excessive vents mean less area contacting your head, which could concentrate force on one point. "Aero" helmets are not noticeably faster, and in a crash the "tail" could snag or knock the helmet aside. Skinny straps are less comfortable. Dark helmets are hard for motorists to see. Rigid visors can snag or shatter in a fall. Helmet standards do not address these problems--it's up to you!

Helmet Standards

A sticker inside the helmet tells what standard it meets. Helmets made for U.S. sale must meet the US Consumer Product Safety Commission standard, so look for a CPSC sticker. ASTM's standard is comparable. Snell's B-95 and N-94 standards are tougher but seldom used. The weak ANSI Z90.4 standard is dead.

Fit is not certified by any standard, so test that on your own head. Visors are not tested for shattering or snagging in a fall, so you are on your own there.

Comfort Requirements

Coolness, ventilation, fit and sweat control are the most critical comfort needs. Air flow over the head determines coolness, and larger front vents provide better air flow. Most current helmets have adequate cooling for most riders. Sweat control can require a brow pad or separate sweatband. A snug fit with no pressure points ensures comfort and correct position on the head when you crash. Weight is not an issue with today's helmets.

Special Problems

Some head shapes require more fiddling with fitting pads and straps. Extra small heads may need thick fitting pads. Extra large heads require an XXL or the huge Bell Kinghead. Ponytail ports can improve fit for those with long hair. Bald riders may want to avoid helmets with big top vents to prevent funny tan lines. For a softer landing, seniors should pick a thicker, less dense model without huge vents.

How to Buy a Helmet

We always recommend checking out the latest Consumer Reports article, but they can't cover all of the available brands and models. We have a review up on helmets for the current season, but it has no impact ratings.

When you pick up a helmet, look first for a CPSC sticker inside and a smooth shell with a bright color outside. Put it on, adjust the pads and straps or the one-size-fits-all head ring, and then try hard to tear it off. Look for vents and sweat control. Helmets sell in bike shops or by mail order from $20 up, or in discount stores for less. A good shop helps with fitting, and fit is important for safety. A discount helmet can be equally protective if you take the time to fit it carefully. Helmets are cheap now, so don't wait for a sale. Many of us bought our helmets after a crash. You can be smarter than that.


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Get Back on Your BMX Bike Faster with Proper Cold Therapy

Everyone knows that a BMX biker is going to have injuries.    A young BMXer of the future was overheard telling his mother, “But Mom!  Of course I have a bloody knee!  Now can I have my helmet back?  I need to practice that trick again.”  Even the best miss a trick from time to time and twist an ankle, bust up a knee, or injure a shoulder.

But just as everyone who is a BMX enthusiast, or knows a BMX enthusiast, can be sure of occasional injury, they can also be sure that no true BMX guy or gal is going to stay put long.  You can forget about traditional R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compress, and elevate) with these active personalities!

So how do you treat an injury if you refuse to relax on the sofa or in bed for a day or two?  You can provide constant cold therapy to knees, ankles, and shoulders with the Donjoy Dura Soft line of wraps or Aircast Cryo Cuff Cold Therapy System. 

Although cold therapy wraps are designed to speed up recovery after surgery, they are also great for moderate to severe sports injuries that need some serious cold therapy!

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Athletic Training Tips
Avoiding Hand and Thumb Injuries While Bicycling

A paper published by the American Academy of Family Physicians details the danger of bicycling to athletes’ hands and thumbs. Authors Matthew J. Thompson, M.B. and Frederick P. Rivara, M.D. state that the pressure put on the hands and wrists while riding can lead to a number of compression-related injuries, including neuropathies, deep palmar branch injuries, and median nerve injuries.


The authors, who are also professors at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, say that incidence of these injuries is greatly reduced when riders have correctly positioned equipment and handlebars, and also utilize protective gloves designed specifically for bicycling. Remember that handlebars should always be positioned at least 1 to 2 inches below the top of the bike seat, and should also be placed shoulder width apart on the bike.


While bicycling, warning signs of thumb and wrist injury include a tingling sensation in the fingers, or a weakness or inability to wiggle your digits. The most serious complications that occur as a result of bicycling wrist injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and severe ulnar palsy. It’s great if you can take rest stops during your bike ride and rotate your hands and wrists occasionally to prevent injury. You can also alter the placement of your hands on the handlebars if you’re starting to notice some discomfort.


The AAFP study also adds that bicycling gloves can provide protection from superficial injuries, as well as be a great source of warmth and insulation in cold weather. A bit of extra padding can go a long way toward making your ride more enjoyable and pain-free.

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Avoiding Common Volleyball Injuries

Playing volleyball can be pretty tough on your joints and muscles, so it’s important to practice the right safety measures to avoid long-term injuries. Here are some common problems that volleyball players often have, and ways to avoid them.


1) Hand injuries

It’s pretty easy to sprain or fracture the bones in your hand and wrist when reaching out to block a spiked ball. Remember to avoid using your fingers to block if possible, because they are the most fragile bones in this area of the body.


2) Ankle sprain

Sometimes the ligaments in your ankle can become stretched or torn when the foot is bent the wrong way, or if you’re using the area too much. If you are noticing some soreness or stiffness in your ankle, it’s a good idea to find a sports brace to wear while you play.


3) Patella Tendinitis

Colloquially, this condition is known as Jumper’s Knee. It happens when the tendon connecting the kneecap to the bone becomes irritated and inflamed, and without the proper care it can actually result in rupture. If you notice any soreness in your knee while jumping or running, it is best to take a break and rest the area for a while to minimize damage.


4) Back Injuries

The back is very vulnerable to strain during the sport of volleyball, due to the intense amount of jumping, bending, and twisting involved. It actually accounts for up to 14% of all volleyball-related injuries. Make an effort to keep your back in line while jumping or spiking so that the area doesn’t have to suffer from repeated strain.

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CYA’s Quick Guide to Sports Face Guards

I think we can all agree that your face and head pretty vital, which is why there are so many precautions in place to protect these areas while playing extreme sports. But what kind of face guards are available, and what types of sports should you wear them for? Here’s a quick guide to protective facial masks to help you know what to look for.


This combination helmet/facial mask provides complete protection to softball and baseball players. It is also made of a patented bullet-proof material!


 The Emask Facemask is shatter-proof, and protects all areas of the face from blows and blunt trauma. It also comes in a variety of bright colors.


 The Game Face mask protects against both facial and dental injuries, while also providing plenty of ventilation to increase comfortability.


 This nose guard is designed specifically for use in basketball, wrestling, karate, and other sports where helmets are not required.



This versatile face shield can be used for nearly any sport, and is designed to maximize breathing and air flow.


 This face mask is intended for use in barns, stables, corrals, or any other place where horses may be. It is designed to protect the cheek bones, chin, forehead, and temple regions.


No matter what type of face guard you are looking for, always remember to choose one that offers plenty of protection while also being comfortable enough to play your best in.

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Tennis Strength Training Tips

To play your best tennis, building up a good strength foundation is essential for maximizing power and agility. By utilizing a combination of movement, flexibility, and cardiovascular training methods, you can create the tools you need to blast away your opponents on the court.


1) Warm-up

A good warm-up should include a variety of drills that get the blood pumping and the body moving. Your muscles perform at their best level when they are loose and at resting length or a little longer, so your warm-up should leave your muscles feeling relaxed and ready to play.


2) Weight Lifting

Regular weight lifting sessions will send the message to your muscles that it’s time to bulk up. By pushing your body with regular resistance training, you’re providing the framework for a quality strength building plan. Work on targeting your legs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, and abdominals during your sessions.


3) Movement Exercises

Movement exercises performed with the aid of a coach will help to improve agility, balance, and flexibility while on the court. These will help you to control your power and utilize it in the best way possible.


4) Core Stability

Tennis is all about transferring energy from your torso to your extremities, so that you can move quickly and hit the ball forcefully. Strong, solid abdominal and back muscles will help to stabilize your core and make it easier to harness this source of power.


When training, your goal is to add strength without bulk. Be sure to complement your training with a healthy eating plan that includes plenty of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and liquids.

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Better Comfort Means Faster Runs

Comfort is key in the sport of running, and quality gear such as breathable fabrics, well-supported shoes, and Shock Doctor compression shorts can all help to shave precious minutes off your PR (personal record). Obviously, running is an intense, high-impact sport, and studies have shown that the more comfortable an athlete is, the more likely they are to train harder, run longer, and move faster.


When purchasing clothes to run in, be sure to choose fabrics that will wick away sweat from your body. This will allow your sweat to evaporate off your skin, rather than soaking your shirt and weighing you down. Also try to choose light-colored shorts and tops that will reflect sunlight away from your body to keep your body temperature down.


All runners know the importance of buying good running shoes, but it’s a good idea to visit a specialty running store where you can get personally fitted for a shoe, rather than attempting to buy a pair on your own. Specialty stores are often staffed by experienced runners that know what to look for, and can help you find the best shoe for your gait and running style.


And last, but certainly not least, you definitely want to nip any chafing problems in the bud before they have the chance to cause any serious damage. Shock Doctor compression shorts are a great way to minimize discomfort in the groin area and allow your run to flow smoothly, helping you to get one second closer to that marathon PR.

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Now Cowboys Can Ride Hard Without Injury

Let’s face it, rodeo is one of the most hardcore sports out there. It has a reputation for incurring bone-crushing injuries on its participants and riders, and also giving long-term riders bad back and neck problems. The most common injuries in rodeos occur to the knee and shoulder, but medical professionals have found that serious injuries are much less common when riders suit up in the appropriate protective gear prior to riding.


Riders are encouraged to wear protective head gear, in addition to a Donjoy BOA Back Brace if the back is already under significant stress. Protective vests have also been proven to prevent punctures to the rib and chest. While many riders have been open to wearing this type of gear underneath their clothing, the majority are still unwilling to trade in their “macho” image for better head protection in the form of a quality helmet.


The medical world has often expressed public concern for the safety of riders in rodeos. In the popular sports journal Current Sports Medicine Reports, Dr. Daniel J. Downey of Pioneer Medical Specialists in Dillon, Montana says that "Our hope is that the sport of rodeo will be made safer for the athlete through greater physician interaction with the rodeo organizations and athletes in the future." As scientists work to develop better protective gear for riders, the sport of rodeo can envision a future that is hopefully relatively injury-free.

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Giro Safety Helmets Great For Cycling

Giro Pneumo helmets definitely get our vote for some of the best safety gear available to road cyclists this year. The new Giro Pneumo Road Helmet’s patented ROC LOC fit system includes a soft rubber fit belt to ensure that it will remain stabilized on your head throughout the course of your ride. We also love the contoured shape of the Pneumo, as it allows for the least amount of wind resistance possible, while looking pretty darn cool in the process.


Last year, a man in Seattle accidentally proved the effectiveness of Giro helmets by rising from a head-on delivery truck collision unscathed. Cyclist Ryan Lipscomb was quoted as saying “I didn’t see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head. It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head.” The crash flattened Lipscomb’s Giro helmet, but did no damage to his face or skull. Lipscomb was released from the hospital within three hours of the crash.


 If that story doesn’t prove the durability of Giro helmets, we don’t know what will. The excellent ventilation system and adjustable visor make this helmet the most comfortable option possible for the huge amount of protection that you get, and the three different sizes offered make the helmet available to riders of all sizes.

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Chest and Rib Protectors Most Important in Baseball

Most baseball-related injuries are minor, and include things like bruises, scrapes, and sprains. However, the rare fatalities that occur within the sport usually happen as a result of a jarring blow to the chest or head. Just within the past year, over 143,000 baseball-related chest injuries occurred across the United States. Luckily, many of these individuals were wearing protective gear, and were not injured fatally.


Your first line of defense against being seriously injured by a ball or bat is to always wear quality chest and rib protectors. These include products such as the McDavid HexPad Sternum Shirt pictured above, which are made of lightweight, breathable pads. The foam is positioned directly over the sternum in order to protect vital bones and organs. The compression material can also serve to reduce muscle strain and fatigue. Sports protective gear should never be uncomfortable to wear, so be sure that the protector you purchase is made of material that will not chafe or irritate your skin.


In addition to wearing chest and rib protectors, baseball players should also try to hold their gloves in front of their chest during play (assuming they are not in action, of course). Be sure to use a quality padded mitt that will be able to protect your chest if needed. Infielders and outfielders should also pay close attention to the game at all times, so as not to be hit by any rogue baseballs.

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Protecting and Treating Ankle Sprains in Basketball

Ankle sprains are some of the most common injuries in basketball, due to the large amount of running and jumping involved in the sport. If a player comes down on an ankle incorrectly after jumping to catch, throw, or shoot, the foot can turn under, stretching and tearing the lateral ligaments. Ankle sprains can actually be quite serious injuries if they end up damaging the tendons, bones, or joint tissues.


When a basketball player suffers an ankle sprain, it is best to first ice and elevate the player’s ankle. After being taken to a doctor, he or she will be given sports protective gear to wear in the form of an ankle brace. It is important to wear the brace at all times to minimize further damage to the ankle, and also to refrain from playing again until given the go-ahead by a doctor. Athletic tape can also be used in addition to ankle braces, in order to provide additional support to weak ankles, and a sports injury specialist can advise the appropriate medicine to use to manage pain and swelling during recovery. The player will likely need to complete some type of training rehabilitation program before returning to top performance levels.


The use of sports safety gear is integral to avoiding injury while playing basketball. All players should utilize ankle brace equipment in the case of ankle damage or injury, and should be taught the proper techniques to land from high jumps and leaps.

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Extreme Sports On the Rise

We've all seen the YouTube clip of the extreme sport skater who falls some 100 feet from the air and bounces onto the ground and lives to tell the story. That skater actually onlly suffered a minor forearm fracture. Luckily he was wearing elbow and knee pads and a helmet.

Statistics seem to show that infatuation with extreme sports is increasing. In the US, skateboarding participants is up to 14 milion, snowboarding up to 7.2 million, and mountain biking up to 8.6 million participants. Meanwhile, participation in traditional sports such as baseball, basketballl, and softball seems to be decreasing.

It's unclear what is driving all of this. Perhaps it is the increased need for risk and thrill. Perhaps it is the Tony Hawk videogame generation. Perhaps it is that extreme sports offer a great way for youth to express themselves in ways that traditional sports do not. Perhaps it is that extreme sports are less "competitive" in the traditional sense - that athletes do extreme sports for fun and don't feel the high pressure that traditional athletes do to obtain college scholarships and make it to the professional level.

One unexpected result of the rise in extreme sports is the increased number of complex injuries. These athletes are not coming into the hospital with sprained ankles - they are coming in with skull fractures, broken bones, and high energy injuries analogous to those seen in car accidents.

One thing is clear - individuals who participate in extreme sports are underprotected. After all, part of being "extreme" is to take risk. It's sort of like seeing that motorcycle rider crusing on the freeway without a helmet. When I see that guy I usually think "What an idiot!" On the other and there is a part of me that thinks "Man, that must feel so great to do that - I wish I had the balls!"

I personally am a soccer, basketball, and tennis kind of guy. I prefer these mostly because they are predictable and I can find people to participate in these sports easily. Also, I don't have to take a long trip or go up a mountain to do these. But I give full props to those who participate in extreme sports. That is great if they are lucky enough to live near a skate ramp, a mountain, or the snow.

For those who do participate in extreme sports - please protect yourselves! At the very least you should wear gloves, hard elbow and knee protection, and helmets.

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Protective Armor For Soccer

When most of us think of sports that require protective gear we think of major contact sports like football and hockey. However, athletic injuries happen in every sport and athletes whether they be recreational or competitive need protection from injury from other players, from the environment, and from themselves.

Soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is perhaps the most underprotected sport given the high velocity of movement and contact with the most power generating lever arms of the body in the lower extremities. The range of injuries for soccer players include: head injuries from contact, mouth or tooth injuries from the ball or being kicked, and almost any injury you can think of to the legs including bruises, sprains, torn ligaments, and even broken bones.

It's important for soccer players to wear protective equipment. It is important to teach children from a young age to wear protective equipment because protective equipment is never as comfortable as going without it. Bad habits are hard to break but failure to use protection increases the chance of injury.

Here is a list of equipment recommended by most Orthopaedic Sports Physicians:


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Helmet Ratings - What to look for in a quality helmet

Helmets are designed to protect a rider’s head in a crash or spill. Like the human head—and more important, what’s inside it—not all helmets are created equal, so it’s best to get into one’s thick skull what all those ratings on a helmet mean.

That’s assuming one’s helmet actually bears a safety rating, of course, the proof of which is often displayed at bottom of the helmet’s back and on a label sewn on its inner lining.

Certifying Helmets

There are four internationally recognized safety standards for road-use helmets. These are the British Standards Institution (BSI) used in the United Kingdom; the Economic Community of Europe (ECE) standard that’s recognized in more than 50 countries; the rating from the Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell M2000/M2005), a private agency that has been in existence for over 50 years; and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) certification that every helmet sold in the US must pass. A particular helmet may satisfy more than one of these four safety certifications, although which standard applies in which country varies.      

Helmets Defined

To understand the certifications is to first understand the components of a helmet. Basically, a motorcycle helmet has two major parts. First is the outer shell, which can be made of fiberglass, carbon fiber, Kevlar or other exotic materials like molded thermoplastic or polycarbonate—all of which determines a helmet’s price tag. Its second part is the inner lining, which is largely made of energy-absorbing expanded polystyrene (EPS), the same material used in coffee cups or packages.   

The outer shell’s function is to protect a rider’s head from wind, rain or abrasions once he crashes. It also plays a part in aerodynamic purposes as well as in aesthetics.

The inner lining, meanwhile, plays a larger role in protecting a rider’s head from injury as it’s the EPS which cushions the head and absorbs the energy of an impact. The good thing with EPS is that it absorbs this impact at a predictable rate and does not store the resultant kinetic energy so it could bounce back to the rider’s head. The EPS slows down the speed by which the head comes to a stop. The slower it comes to a stop, the better the chances of a rider suffering less injuries.

The major types of helmets are full-face, half-face, off-road and shortie. In recent years, modular helmets—sort of a cross between a full-face and a half-face and whose front portions can be flipped up or locked in place—have become popular. Generally speaking, the more head area a helmet covers, the safer it is.

Testing Helmets

To test helmets, these are dropped onto a hard object on a test rig. The height from which these are dropped and the magnesium weight inside them are varied to simulate the different speeds riders crash and the different head sizes that go inside helmets. An accelerometer is mounted inside the helmet to determine how much G-force is generated—and for how long this is generated—in a particular impact. A

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NFL Players have a choice in football helmets next season - will they take it?

Will pro players take advantage of this new football helmet and it's advanced protection or will they opt for a better looking traditional helmet.  Tune in this fall.

Industrial designer Bert Straus at Protective Sports Equipment developed the Gladiator as an alternative to current helmets, which use a hard polycarbonate shell, inflatable bladders that cushion impacts and hold the helmets on, and inner foam pads. He calls this a “hard-soft” design, with the hard shell the first line of defense, backed up by softer materials.

The Gladiator, a “soft-hard-soft” design, has a relatively soft urethane-foam outer covering over a polycarbonate shell holding foam inner pads. It should be lighter than current helmets, which should reduce neck strain and fatigue. (Fatigue is a known factor in head-down tackling, a poor technique that can lead to severe injuries.)

The Gladiator will also have resin-composite face guards. This should better balance the design, move the center of gravity back toward the center of the player’s head, and reduce the potentially harmful moment around the neck. The faceguard will have a quick release, important for access to the player’s airways when the head and helmet are immobilized. Current helmets must be cut or the four clamps unscrewed in similar situations. A second quick-release latch holds the chin cup in place.

This eliminates snaps and buckles which can lacerate the skin. Inside, contoured pads with a viscoelastic layer should improve fit and comfort. They are covered with a wicking material, as opposed to being crammed into PVC pockets, again for comfort, especially in colder weather. These pads still inflate for fit, but a bladder comprised of inflatable cells give the pads an inward, evenly distributed push.

Finally, Gladiator helmets will contain no metal, making them transparent to X-ray machines, CAT scanners, and MRI imagers, an obvious plus in cases of spinal or head injury. The final helmet will likely cost more than the current $198 models, but it will also contain significantly more technology.

This will not be Straus’ first time at offering the NFL a way to improve helmet safety. Sixteen years ago, he invented ProCap, a large, hard outer covering made of urethane foam, which is tough, light, resilient, and slippery. Velcro holds it tightly on the normal high-school, college, or NFL helmet. It’s about 0.6-in thick, but is thicker where impacts are more likely. Adding a soft outer covering to the hard shell and inner pads reduces the force of impacts.

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Major League Baseball Base Coaches Now Required to wear helmets

A year after a minor league first-base coach was killed by a foul ball, Major League Baseball now require all coaches to wear helmets on the baseball field.


On July 22, Mike Coolbaugh, 35, the Tulsa Drillers’ hitting coach, died after he was struck in or near the head by a line drive while standing in the first-base coach’s box. An autopsy showed a burst blood vessel in his neck near his brain.

“The issue should be discussed because we had a situation where a tragedy befell someone on the field, and we are the guardians of the sport, and the general managers will make a decision to what level it should be implemented,” Jimmie Lee Solomon, M.L.B.’s executive vice president for baseball operations, said in a telephone interview.

“We want to think about ways that we could have a positive impact, and have looked at the fact that base runners use batting helmets, and we think we should extend that to the coaches at first and third base.”

Coaches at first and third base can be caught off guard by hard-hit balls because their duties often require them to keep an eye on base runners and fielders even as a pitch is being thrown.

Since Coolbaugh’s death, Rene Lachemann, the third-base coach for the Oakland Athletics, and Glenallen Hill, the first-base coach for the Colorado Rockies, have begun wearing helmets.

“I plan to play a few more rounds of golf in the off-season instead of pushing up daisies in the third-base coach’s box,” Lachemann told reporters shortly after he decided to wear the helmet.

Jerry Manuel, the Mets’ bench coach, who coached first base for the Mets in 2005 and third for Montreal from 1991-96, said he would protect himself if he went back to coaching on the field.

“At the age I am now, I will take chest protectors, shin guards, anything,” Manuel said. “In light of what happened, if you can prevent things from happening again, it is worth it.”

Photo AP Photo/David Zalubowski


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Rodeo Helmets and Protective Gear Saves Lives

Protective gear including helmets and vests for Rodeo has very slowly been accepted by these brave athletes.  This is a great article that speaks about this transition. 


A spur-of-the-moment decision to wear a helmet may have saved bull rider Willy Ives' life last August.
He borrowed a friend's helmet on a whim. While riding in the competition, Ives was bucked off. The bull's hind feet landed on the 21-year-old's head, shattering the helmet. It could have been his skull. The experience prompted Ives to convert from the traditional cowboy hat to a helmet. That includes his riding in this week's Tucson Rodeo.
"If we ride bulls, we're going to get stepped on," Ives said.
Seven of the 12 bull riders wore helmets while competing Saturday, the opening day of La Fiesta de los Vaqueros at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Ives is part of a growing national trend of bull riders who wear helmets, though the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association doesn't require it.
About 40 percent of professional bull riders now wear helmets, compared with 5 percent a decade ago, according to researchers at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
"It's starting to become more accepted. Back in the day, it wasn't macho; it wasn't cowboy; it wasn't tough," said Andy Hopkins, program manager for the Justin Boots Sportsmedicine Team currently stationed at the Tucson Rodeo. He'll occasionally see a bronc rider wear one, but it's mostly bull riders, he said. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's 2006 world bull-riding champion, B.J. Schumacher, wears a helmet. Wesley Silcox, the 2007 world champion bull rider, is among the majority who don't.  "I didn't start out wearing a helmet, and it just doesn't feel right. … I just don't want to change anything from what I've been doing," said Silcox, 22.
He broke his jaw and fractured his eye socket last October — and though that did make him think about wearing a helmet, he decided against it.
"If I get hit in the face, I probably deserve it," he said. Silcox will compete in the Tucson Rodeo on Friday.
The earlier kids start wearing helmets, the more accustomed to it they become, said Michael Allison Sr., a rodeo dad who helps out as a volunteer at the Tucson Rodeo. His 18-year-old son prefers not to wear one, he said.
The Tucson Rodeo pro

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Make sure you child is wearing their helmet correctly

Do you know the correct way to wear a helmet?

Picture of the Right Way to Wear a Bike HelmetPicture of the Wrong Way to Wear a Bike Helmet
Wear the helmet flat atop your head, not tilted back at an angle!

Picture of Bike Helmet on the HeadPicture of Bike Helmet with Chin Straps
Make sure the helmet fits snugly and does not obstruct your field of vision. Make
sure the chin strap fits securely and that the buckle stays fastened.

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Professional Athletes tied to old protective gear - is it the safest choice?

Is old sports protective gear better than brand new just because you are used to it?  Is having a broken in pair of shoulder pads better than having the latest technology built into your protective gear.  We've seen in the last 3-5 years an incredible amount of innovation in the quality and level of protection that manufacturers of sports pads and protective equipment have been developing. 

When you look at the materials developed by innovators like Zoombang, McDavidShock Doctor and T-Pro we'd take innovation, increased protection, lighter weight, better fit over some ratty equipment that probably has lost much of it's original padding.  With millions of dollars on the line for these professional athletes I'm surprised they aren't going for the best gear they can get.  Maybe part of it is superstition?  Then again many top athletes are using these new technologies.  Ladanian Tomlinson and Mark Bulger use Zoombang and Dwane Wade and many other NBA players are using McDavid's Hexpad shorts and shirts.


Here is the article that got us to address this topic.


TAMPA - Among the players in the Lightning dressing room, Marty St. Louis is known as the most superstitious.

But St. Louis says luck has nothing to do with why he keeps the torn assembly of fabric, padding, plastic and Velcro that make up his shoulder pads.

They are one of a kind. The blue mesh exterior is fraying off. The white padding is exposed by a tear across the bottom of the left pad. Ten years of sweat gives the fabric a shiny hue.

Finland's Koho brand, since bought by big-money retailer Reebok, hasn't been producing nongoalie equipment for three years, so even if St. Louis had the inclination to get a new pair, he would have a tough time.

"Maybe you could get them on eBay," St. Louis said, joking.

Hockey players have a tough time giving up on helmets, shin guards and other equipment, but there's something about the feel and comfort of worn shoulder pads that makes them special.

"I've had mine since I was 16," said center Brad Richards, 27. "They're going to stay with me. They're not going anywhere. I don't know if it's weird, but I can change skates 100 times a year, gloves, all that stuff, but my shoulder pads, if I didn't have those, I'd be lost forever."

Much like someone having a worn-in baseball glove or a favorite pair of sneakers, some hockey players don't want to let go of their favorite equipment, no matter how ratty it becomes.

Some players are the same way with other equipment.

Chris Gratton has used the same helmet since his first year in the NHL in 1993-94, gluing the protective foam into his helmet when it falls out on a monthly basis.

But shoulder pads are the one item that players universally hesitate to replace. As they get older, they get better. The padding molds itself to fit the player. And any wear and tear can be fixed with some stitching in the equipment room.

"I'll probably never get a new pair," St. Louis said. "I will renovate them. They get banged up. You need to restitch them. It's like an old pair of slippers. When you get a new one, they're not as cozy."

Lightning head equipment manager Ray Th

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Equestrian Safety and the importance of Riding Helmets

The need for Horseback Riding and Equestrian Helmets is sort of "no brainer" especially when you look at the facts related to head injuries in horse related activities.  This information from Troxel Helmets medical advisor makes all this very clear.


About 7,000,000 people participate in horse activities in the USA annually.

Whether riding Western or English, the height above the ground and the variables introduced by the horse itself, create an environment where head injuries are relatively common. Despite the agility and experience of a rider, it is often impossible to adjust one’s position during a fall to avoid a high energy, head impact with the ground, rock, or other objects.

Facts from a range of equestrian studies:

·     70,000 people are treated in emergency rooms because of equestrian related injuries accounting for an estimated 2,300 admissions annually. Head injuries account for 18% of emergency room injuries.

·     Lifetime riders who report riding six or more times per year reported a 13% lifetime rate of being hospitalized because of a riding injury.

·     Head injuries account for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths.

·     The risk of head injuries appears to be similar in English riding as compared to Western riding. Rates increase with aggressive riding such as jockeys and eventors.

·    The mechanism of the majority of equestrian related head injuries relates to your dis

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Motocross Protection Gear – The Basics

The following list of gear are the basic gear you should consider when considering participating in Motocross:




You want to be sure the helmet you’re using for Motocross is an actual “Motocross” helmet and has DOT and Snell approval.  You also want one that’s lightweight and built with good ventilation.  And you always want to be sure you have the right fit.  The helmet should fit snug so it’s not shifting around and should not be so snug that it’s giving you a headache.  Correct sizing is very important. 


Neck Collar 


A neck collar or roll helps to reduce shock, fatigue and prevent excess head movement, which can lead to neck injury.  Typically, neck collars are lightweight and built with a shock absorbing foam base.  Good neck collars are versatile and will allow the rider to attach to a chest protector or have attachments so it can be worn without the chest protector.  It should also have a removable cover so it can be removed for cleaning to keep it fresh. 


Chest Protector 


Chest protectors are designed to be worn over your jersey or enduro jacket and consist of an injection molded durable polycarbonate chassis and shoulders. They include a back protection system, and upper arm guards. Typical models include integrated venting, and quick lock buckle closure systems to keep you cool and to make it easy to take on and off. For maximum protection during fast riding or racing, a plastic chest protector is usually the best choice. 


Elbow Guard

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Study shows that Ski and Snowboard Helmets May Help Skiers Avoid Injury

Helmets Greatly reduce the risk of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders, a Norwegian study found.

CHICAGO (AP by Carla K. Johnson)—Helmets greatly reduce the risk of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders, a Norwegian study found.

Researchers hope their study, along with helmet-clad Olympic athletes like Shaun “The Flying Tomato” White, will lead to greater use of protective headgear on the slopes.

“Do as the Olympians do,” said study co-author Dr. Roald Bahr of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo. “Wear a helmet, even if you're not an elite skier or snowboarder _ especially if you're not.”

Some critics argue helmets may lead to accidents by giving daredevil skiers a false sense of security or cause more neck injuries because of the weight of the headgear.

The study found that while risk takers were more likely to wear helmets, helmet wearers overall were 60 percent less likely to suffer head injuries. It also found a lower risk of neck injuries with helmet wear, but that finding was not statistically significant, meaning it could have been due to chance.

The study looked at data on more than 6,000 skiers and snowboarders at eight Norwegian ski resorts during the 2002 winter season. It appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.

With about 39 fatalities a year, skiing and snowboarding are safer than bicycling or swimming, which have higher death rates, according to the National Ski Areas Association, a trade group.

Helmet use is increasing, the group said, with one-third of skiers and snowboarders surveyed last season wearing helmets, compared with 28 percent the year before.

Over the past five years, almost 40 percent of skiers and snowboarders who died in ski accidents wore helmets, said Jasper Healy, professor emeritus at Rochester Institute of Technology, who does similar research but was not involved in the new study.

“I do wear a helmet,” Healy said. “But if you hit a tree, don't think a helmet will make the difference in being alive or being dead. It won't.”

Dr. Pietro Tonino, chief of sports medicine at Loyola University Health System, said the study will lead parents to buy helmets for their children. But he predicted the Olympics will persuade young people to wear them.

“You can still be cool even when you're wearing a helmet,” Tonino said

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Dentists say Mouthguards essential for sports
Dental professionals want to make mouthguards mandatory in the UK for schoolchildren contact sports.

Recent studies reveal that between 13% and 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related and about one in four children in the UK will injure – and sometimes lose – a front tooth at some stage.

With numbers of contact sport participants on the increase – a contact sport being one that involves significant physical contact between opposing players – traumatic accidents resulting in dental injuries are also on the rise.

This risk of tooth damage is also increased in physical sports where speed or moving objects – such as bats and balls – are involved.
The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) says that mouthguards are just as important for players who wear braces ‘to avoid a laceration to the mouth from the brace; to avoid damage to the brace; and to prevent injury to the teeth'.

Some dental insurance plans refuse to pay out if damage to teeth occurs during a contact sport and a mouthguard was not worn to mitigate the risk.

Many contact sport official bodies recommend the wearing of mouthguards.

On the England field hockey website – – it's noted that the sport's rules ‘clearly state that field players are recommended to wear mouth, shin and ankle protection.

‘England hockey stresses that this recommendation cannot be emphasised enough and we confirm that it should apply not only when participating in competition, but also to training games and any warm-up where a hockey ball/s are being used.'

And rugby union rules dictate that ‘all players on the rugby field must have a mouthguard… It is an essential part of the safety equipment needed to play for rugby. The guard protects the teeth, the gums and it also prevents a player from biting their tongue.'

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