Masuri: ‘StemGuard for extra safety’
DescriptionAs a leading manufacturer of cricket helmets, Masuri’s StemGuard “adds an important layer of protection for the head and neck region.”
Says Sam Miller, Managing Director of the UK-based The Masuri Group, “As was stated in the recent findings handed down by the State Coroner, attempts have ‘been made to design and manufacture a neck guard’ which offers more protection ‘for batsmen hit below the coverage of the helmet on the back and sides of the head and neck’.
“Safety of all players is of critical importance. The StemGuard was a direct response to the tragic events that resulted in the loss of Phillip’ Hughes’s life.
“While there is no independent standard for neck protection to refer to, Masuri has tested the StemGuard using globally-recognised test methodologies for products that are designed for absorbing impacts. ”
The same test methodology is used for cricket helmets, bike helmets, motorcycle helmets and motorcycle back and spine protectors.
Says Maurie Presutto of Australian distributor Quantum Leisure, “There has been a lot of talk about the science behind neck protection.
“To be clear, the Masuri StemGuard has undergone robust analysis using globally recognised test methods, under which it performed exceptionally well.
“There can be no question that the Masuri StemGuard reduces the risk of injury to the area of the head/neck that it is designed to protect.”
The StemGuard is a clip-on attachment to helmets that provides additional protection for the vulnerable area at the back of a batsman or batswoman’s head and neck.
This clip-on guard is a combination of military grade crush foam and an impact modified TPE material that combine to maximise impact absorption while remaining flexible for comfort.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the International Cricket Council and Cricket Australia to develop and then publish, a global independent safety standard for neck protection.
Masuri has also recently released a tie that ensures the neck protector can’t un-clip from the helmet, possibly falling onto the stumps, leading to a dismissal. These StemGuard ties will be issued to all professional teams, as early as next week.