The new National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) ND200 standards for chest protectors and shoulder pads aim to provide safer equipment for lacrosse players and reduce the risk of commotio cordis (cardiac arrest induced by impact to the area over the heart).
Do I need to buy a new chest protector adhering to these standards?
Starting January 1, 2021, all lacrosse goalies are required to wear chest protectors that meet to the new NOCSAE standards. All other players must adhere to the new standards starting January 1, 2022.
How do I know if my gear adheres to NOCSAE standards?
The NOCSAE logo emblazoned on the protector indicates the gear meets the new standard of protection against chest injuries for players as set by NOCSAE. If your shoulder pads do not have this logo, then they do not meet the standard and you need to get a new one for the 2022 season.
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