|Leatt Corporation Inc. is in the business of designing, developing and manufacturing protection equipment for all forms of motor sports. Currently Leatt Corp. is the global distributor of the Leatt-Brace(R), a revolutionary neck protection system for all helmeted sports. Other patents and products are in development.The company has its global headquarters in Nevada, USA, and warehouses in California for the North American Market. In addition there are distribution systems on all continents. Research & Development takes place in Cape Town, South Africa and production is based in Taiwan and China.The company distributes its products to a global customer base. Orders are placed through an Internet based system and through the company’s established distributor network.
The main area of focus is the prevention of neck injuries in persons wearing a crash helmet, for whatever purpose. The impetus for the project came from Dr. Leatt's medical knowledge, his history as a motorcycle racer and the many neck injuries he has witnessed. The product not only has motor sport applications but can be used by anyone wearing a crash helmet as a form of protection.
The inventor, Dr. Chris Leatt, oversees the Research and Development, ensuring that the Leatt-Brace(R) remains the gold standard for neck protection. The design of the Leatt-Brace(R) is the responsibility of National Sportsman Mark Hopkins and Production Engineer Paul Hanegraaf ensures delivery and quality control.
Leatt Corporation appointed Mr. Jeff Guzy as President, and Ms. Ria Van Der Merwe as Chief Operating Officer, both appointments effective as of November 1st, 2007. Mr. Guzy is a 20-year executive with significant business development experience. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Ms. Van Der Merwe runs her own Management Consulting Company and has been assisting Leatt with human resources issues. Dr. Leatt, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said “We have appointed two key executives to assist me in realizing Leatt Corporation’s full potential. Both our new appointees are familiar to Leatt Corporation and have served on the Board of Directors.”
Dr. Leatt, will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and will be focused on overall strategic planning and new product development.The full board is Jeffery Joseph Guzy President, Dr. Christopher James Leatt C.E.O., Maria Annette Van Der Merwe C.O.O.
Das Neck Brace System ist leichte Konstruktion aus Karbon, Kevlar und glasfaserverstärktem Kunststoff, die teilweise mit einer weichen, schlagdämpfenden und hautfreundlichen Schaumstoffschicht überzogen ist. Es wird wie ein Kragen um den Hals gelegt. Zwei Schnellverschlüsse an den Seiten ermöglichen die einfache Handhabung. Das Neck Brace System stellt keine statische Verbindung zwischen Helm und Schulterpartie her, sondern liegt auf dem Oberkörper auf. Seine Wirkungsweise zeigt sich, sobald der Träger den Kopf nach vorne, hinten oder seitwärts bewegt: Die unter normalen Bedingungen benötigte Bewegungsfreiheit bleibt erhalten; die Möglichkeit der Überdehnung des Kopfes in die jeweilige Richtung (Hyperflexion, Hypertension, laterale Hyperflexion) wird jedoch deutlich verringert. Auch Verletzungen, die aus der Stauchung der Wirbelsäule durch Krafteinwirkung auf den Helm (axial loading) resultieren, können infolge der Abstützung der Helmunterkante am Nackenschutz vermindert werden.
Sowohl für den sportlichen Einsatz, als auch für den täglichen Straßenverkehr stellt ein solcher Nackenschutz einen großen Schritt im Bereich der passiven Sicherheit dar.
The Leatt-Brace™ is an injection produced glass reinforced nylon or carbon fiber and Kevlar neck brace system designed by medical professionals and motorcycle enthusiasts to help prevent:
- Hyperflexion: extreme forward head movement
- Hyperextension: extreme rearward head movement
- Lateral Hyperflexion: extreme sideways head movement
- Axial loading: compression of the spinal column due to the effect of force on the helmet
- Posterior hypertranslation: rearward movement of the head/helmet on the neck.
There is currently no other neck protection system available for motorcyclists that can effectively help prevent all of the above potential injuries. The design rationale behind the Leatt-Brace™ is to bring the head to a controlled stop. This is achieved by providing a padded rigid structure that acts as an alternate load path for neck forces. Helmet impacts otherwise transmitted from the helmet to skull and then to the neck are re-directed from the helmet to the brace to other body structures in a safe way.
The design of the Leatt-Brace™ prevents the helmet/head from projecting over the brace and therefore prevents a fulcrum action, which has been documented in literature pertaining to the use of collar devices. The Leatt-Brace™ MOTO GPX works with most types of body armor and chest protectors. It is also suitable for use by Superbike riders. Over long distances, the Leatt-Brace™ will also offer some relief from neck fatigue. Only leathers with a hump require minor modification.
The X-Strap (for upright riding position), included with the MOTO GPX, are designed for the extreme rider who may experience 'float' at high speed (Superbike) or in a big air and flat-out whoop situations (motocross). Note: Not all riders will find the X-Strap.
The Leatt-Brace™ MOTO GPX is compatible with all motorcycle helmet types and our design allows riders an adequate range of movement. The Leatt-Brace™ MOTO GPX is designed for use on all motorcycles and ATVs for competition use, recreational riding and daily commuting. The Leatt-Brace™ has been tested by BMW Munich, KTM Works Riders, the SABS (South African Bureau of Standards). It is also endorsed by MSA (Motorsport South Africa).