Extra protection for equestrian athletes
Horse riding is one of the most dangerous sports, with some studies suggesting that motorcycle racing is safer than eventing. The increasing incidence of horse-riding accidents, which are often severe in nature, have prompted riders to wear body protection gear. The EU-funded Faze project is designing a new type of body protection that is lightweight, breathable and easy to adjust. Based on an armadillo-style design, the gear includes overlapping and interconnected panels, two layers of soft and hard viscoelastic foam to protect high impact areas such as the chest and spine. It also has a patent pending self-locking mechanism that can provide riders a single point of adjustment to fix the panels across their waist.
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