Newport Beach, Calif. May 7, 2007 – With the risk of spinal injuries ever-present amongst athletes in the MX, FMX and BMX worlds, Dr. Chris Leatt of Cape Town, South Africa saw the need to develop a more effective protective gear, resulting in the Prophylactic Neck Brace System Leatt-BraceTM. The Leatt-BraceTM was designed to prevent potentially devastating sport injuries to the cervical spine. The main focus of this was to develop a brace system that would prevent injuries to people wearing a helmet in a range of sports. Freestyle motocross ingénue, Jeremy “Twitch Stenberg leads the way in answering the plea to have all riders wear this revolutionary brace by acting as a non-racing exemplar to the whole industry.
The subject of an on-going debate amongst riders, the Leatt-BraceTM is worn around the neck and shoulder to reduce the range of motion in the neck that a rider may experience during a severe crash. Many riders have chosen to forgo this crucial brace citing “loss of flexibility while competing. However, in the world of FMX where flexibility requirements far exceed that of MX racers, it was Jeremy “Twitch Stenberg who answered the call from motocross legend David Bailey who was tragically paralyzed from the waist down during a crash in 1987. Stenberg was inspired by David’s plea and began testing the product, soon speaking out about its importance amongst the standards for racing equipment.
“The Leatt-Brace is one of the most important pieces of gear I put on when I go riding. It just takes a little getting used to and I’d rather take the time to adjust than break my neck because I was too lazy to adapt to it. Even while I was doing tricks, it only took a few rides with it before I didn’t even notice it was there, said professional rider Jeremy Stenberg.
No stranger to crashes, Stenberg’s epic 2006 crash at the ASPT Dew tour shook the FMX world in terms of safety guidelines. Stenberg’s career has been filled with major event wins in every major contest, but he cites protecting his health and the ability to ride his bike throughout his whole life as paramount. Jeremy’s winnings include medals from X Games, Winter X Games, Gravity Games, X Fighters, Air and Style, Vans Triple Crown and LG Action Sports Championships. He is always a prime force to be reckoned with. Stenberg will continue spreading the word about wearing the Leatt-BraceTM while his leadership in promoting safety to so many riders influenced by his career further solidifies his place as a role model within the sport.
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