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Old 11-04-2012, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Neck and Spine protectors.

Basal skull fractures and spinal cord injuries remain as one of the few things modern medicine cannot treat in any consistent manner. They are also something that helmets and leather cannot protect against. Thus, spin and neck protectors are needed, and now available. But I have significant questions as to the effectiveness of the designs used.

Let me start with the neck braces. The effectiveness of the HANS device in car racing is unquestionable. But the HANS is retained partially by the driverís six-point harness. Between the harness and the HANS there is essentially no head mobility forward or side to side, with very little rotation. Perhaps most importantly, straps connect the helmet to the HANS, preventing the neck from extending. As basal skull fractures are often a result of neck over-extension, this is very important. The motorcycle neck braces I have seen allow a much greater range of motion, with no limits on extension.

Spine protectors seem even worse. It looks like the only protect against foreign object damage, and not bending. Considering the fact that the spine can move in all three directions, break in two and suffer considerable soft tissue damage in the third, I doubt that the protectors are effective at preventing anything.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All I can say is my Knox race back protector saved my back when I high sided at 80mph and slid backwards into a fence post about 100ft down road. I was sore, but I walked away. I'm sure I would've broken my back without it.

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Old 12-05-2012, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wear a Alpinestars Bionic SP vest under my jacket/suit, and I used to wear a LEATT STX brace when I had my Yamaha R6, which is made for a tuck position... so I sold it when I bought my 2011 speed triple. What I can say about the STX is that it limited my ability to turn my head to check out blind spots, etc. to the degree that I began to wear it less and less. I think it's a viable option for the track, but I almost feel I would be more likely to get into an accident wearing it. BTW I am a training physician, and safety is very important to me... so I try to do everything to prevent injuries, etc. I do think the air bag technology like in the Taichi suits is the most viable option for real world use.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ever consider the Bohn Armor under?
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