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 (pictured below) emblazoned on the protector indicates the gear meets the new standard of protection against chest injuries for players as set by NOCSAE. All of STX's Cell V equipment has the NOCSAE label, meaning they meet the standard.
Protective gear is often rigid, hindering player movement in order to offer the utmost protection. We believe players shouldn’t compromise comfort for protection, and set out to design a chest protector that offered both.
We present the Cell V shoulder pad and shoulder pad liner, offering shoulder and chest protection that does not sacrifice comfort and mobility while still meeting the NOCSAE standard.
COMFORT AND MOBILITY:
The soft, comfortable, lightweight padding allows for increased mobility, allowing players to perform at their highest level without compromising safety. The pad’s low profile compresses when worn by the player, offering a more natural feel.