Leatt Corporation, a developer and marketer of protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme high-velocity sports, including the award winning Leatt-Brace, announced today that its new 3-point knee brace will be in stores and available for sale during the third quarter of 2014.
The knee brace is designed to be used by those participating in off road motorcycling but also has application in high-velocity winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. The Company believes that it also has the potential to be used as a medical device. The Company said that it plans to have the knee brace cleared as a medical device in Europe, and has plans to explore its use in conjunction with medical procedures in the United States, subject to clearance with the relevant US regulatory agencies as necessary.
CEO Sean Macdonald said, “We believe the introduction of the knee brace will be a watershed event for our Company. Clearing it as a medical device would potentially open up entirely new markets around the world for the sale of our products to non-athletes as an orthopedic brace in a variety of applications.
“The knee brace design is groundbreaking and reflects the input of one of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in South Africa. An entirely new approach to knee bracing and protection, the knee brace has none of the pinching and discomfort that older-style knee braces have. It supports the knee completely while having only three points of contact instead of four. We believe our 3-point force distribution will help prevent meniscus, MCL and ACL injuries better than other designs. It has no contact whatsoever with the knee on the inside.
“Anyone who skis or has ever had to wear a brace in the past will appreciate how much better this design is, and how much of a difference it will make. Dr. Chris Leatt, working with his team of engineers, has come up with an innovative design to help further reduce injuries over what traditional cage type knee brace designs can do.” The company first unveiled the knee brace at the ISPO Munich show in January. The ISPO is the largest trade show in the world, with 2,565 international exhibitors presenting their latest products from outdoor, ski, action and performance sports gear to over 80,000 visitors from more than 110 countries.
Mr. Macdonald added, “The ISPO was a great forum for Leatt to shine. Our new knee brace attracted a lot of attention, and we believe that its unique design has positioned it as a major advance in the field. We can’t wait to get it into the stores.”