10 Year Neck Brace Study Results

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12/7/2018 1:42 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/7/2018 1:49 PM

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12/7/2018 1:53 PM

Thanks for posting that Maverick. Very interesting. Finally SOME kind of long term study.

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12/7/2018 1:53 PM

I wear one but they really are uncomfortable and restrict movement.

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12/7/2018 1:55 PM

Good to see a little science involved.
Shoots down a lot of the urban myths.

Looks like: Wearing a neck brace is good for safety.
So, don’t wear one if you don’t want to, but don’t cite negative safety concerns in your decision.

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12/7/2018 1:55 PM

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12/7/2018 1:55 PM

This is what everyone has been asking for, got to love data.

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12/7/2018 1:58 PM

We also need to bear in mind that the quality and protection of neck braces varies from brand-to-brand, model-to-model. So with the most effective modern brace(s), the data would be even more compelling.

Well, time to start wearing my brace again.

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12/7/2018 2:03 PM

Naanak wrote:

I wear one but they really are uncomfortable and restrict movement.

Either you don't wear an Atlas brace or you're the big necked fella the internet has been talking about for weeks:
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12/7/2018 2:07 PM

Naanak wrote:

I wear one but they really are uncomfortable and restrict movement.

dh893 wrote:

Either you don't wear an Atlas brace or you're the big necked fella the internet has been talking about for weeks:
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Lol idk why I didn't expect this at some point

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12/7/2018 2:09 PM

I 've tried on all neck braces , all of them for me

Stop me looking up hills and far enough ahead
They are all uncomfortable
They all restrict movement
None of the for right

How is this misinformation, everybody is made differently . I am sure some people dont even feel the things when there on. But it is not misinformation to say that a lot of people suffer from these complaints and that's why they don't wear them .
There is Ton s of riders I see riding with them who just can see up . Without moving there whole body to look up. Imo that's more dangerous that not wearing one ,
Again u could have a neck like Marv, in that case it is my going to stop you from any movement .then wear one all u want imo

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12/7/2018 2:11 PM

Naanak wrote:

I wear one but they really are uncomfortable and restrict movement.

dh893 wrote:

Either you don't wear an Atlas brace or you're the big necked fella the internet has been talking about for weeks:
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mattyhamz2 wrote:

Lol idk why I didn't expect this at some point

Haha not an atlas the newer leatt. It’s worth it to wear it but I still find it less comfy then without.

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12/7/2018 2:13 PM

One more thing that was my took into account, is how many % wear neck braces. Here I'd say it's 80% don't And 20 % do so there is going to be a higher avg of people falling off without them

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12/7/2018 2:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/7/2018 2:19 PM

Not exactly scientific. How do they prevent collarbone breaks?

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12/7/2018 2:21 PM

uk125250 wrote:

Not exactly scientific. How do they prevent collarbone breaks?

Fall and have your collarbone hit something, then fall and have a pliable thing between your collarbone and the thing you hit.

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12/7/2018 2:22 PM

Personally I believe they do more good than harm but I would never wear a Leatt brace

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12/7/2018 2:23 PM

These numbers mean nothing if not put in relation of how many people wear a brace compared to the ones that don't wear a brace...

1000 times more people get hurt with a car compared to a jetpack.
So jetpacks are safer now?

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12/7/2018 2:25 PM

uk125250 wrote:

Not exactly scientific. How do they prevent collarbone breaks?

seth505 wrote:

Fall and have your collarbone hit something, then fall and have a pliable thing between your collarbone and the thing you hit.

I see.

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12/7/2018 2:29 PM

uk125250 wrote:

Not exactly scientific. How do they prevent collarbone breaks?

seth505 wrote:

Fall and have your collarbone hit something, then fall and have a pliable thing between your collarbone and the thing you hit.

uk125250 wrote:

I see.

haha, I agree with you. It's not necessarily the most conclusive scientific study but either way it's probably not going to change many peoples minds on what they already think.

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12/7/2018 2:32 PM

crusty_xx wrote:

These numbers mean nothing if not put in relation of how many people wear a brace compared to the ones that don't wear a brace...

1000 times more people get hurt with a car compared to a jetpack.
So jetpacks are safer now?

Yea so what do the results look like if the number of riders using one and not using one are equal. Thats the results which will show if it is much safer or not.

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12/7/2018 2:33 PM

Prntscrn wrote:

Personally I believe they do more good than harm but I would never wear a Leatt brace

What precisely does "personally" add to the phrase "I believe"? Is it a way of saying "I'm going to believe this evidence be damned"?

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12/7/2018 2:33 PM

seth505 wrote:

haha, I agree with you. It's not necessarily the most conclusive scientific study but either way it's probably not going to change many peoples minds on what they already think.

I wasn’t being a smart Alec. I didn’t know they were helpful in preventing collarbone breaks. I’ve always heard they can lead to breaks.

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12/7/2018 2:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/7/2018 3:03 PM

The statistics about the collarbone break literally mean nothing. So there were more people without a neck brace who broke their collarbone? Still doesn't prove that a neck brace doesn't break collarbones.

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12/7/2018 2:38 PM

Prntscrn wrote:

Personally I believe they do more good than harm but I would never wear a Leatt brace

MPJC wrote:

What precisely does "personally" add to the phrase "I believe"? Is it a way of saying "I'm going to believe this evidence be damned"?

Nej det betyder bara att jag tror att det har fler fördelar än nackdelar.

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12/7/2018 2:39 PM

crusty_xx wrote:

These numbers mean nothing if not put in relation of how many people wear a brace compared to the ones that don't wear a brace...

1000 times more people get hurt with a car compared to a jetpack.
So jetpacks are safer now?

drt410 wrote:

Yea so what do the results look like if the number of riders using one and not using one are equal. Thats the results which will show if it is much safer or not.

You guys can't be serious. The data specifies the total number, the number wearing a brace, and the number not wearing a brace, and calculates the likelihood of death or injury of brace vs no brace on that basis, given the numbers of injuries or deaths occurring. Are you actually suggesting that you need a sample in which the number of brace users vs. non-brace users is equal - that you can't compensate for the differences with simple math?

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12/7/2018 2:41 PM

What about the riders that died from casing a jump and their neck braces hitting the bars shoving into their throats?


I personally will never wear another brace with the front portion closed. Had a Leatt shove into my throat during a crash and never wore one again. I did wear an Omega for a bit which was much nicer and was open in the front, but wouldn't work all that great with a chest protector.

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12/7/2018 2:45 PM

Thanks for posting this Maverick

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12/7/2018 2:54 PM

This seems more like a bold attempt to advertise the use of neck braces. So many things in this test are skewed, all the way from the sample size to the specific injuries it took into account.

THE MOST IMPORTANT thing not even mentioned is whether or not more traumatic brain injuries were caused by use of neck braces.

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12/7/2018 2:55 PM

Interesting information.

However, it leaves out A LOT of details. Rider skill, event type, crash type, etc.

Looking at the headline numbers there were 1076 total cervical spinal injuries in the 8529 total injuries. That seems really high. Over a 12% chance of a cervical spinal injury of some type in a crash? Seems unlikely.

And just over a 2% chance of critical injury without wearing a neckbrace. Maybe.

I'll manage my risk in other ways.

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12/7/2018 2:57 PM

Interesting read regardless of what side your on. Thank you.

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12/7/2018 3:02 PM

thanks Mav!

Very interesting read for sure!

I choose to wear an Atlas and will continue to wear one. I know there will be people that wont and that is their choice, but you cant argue with the data in this report.

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