WOODBURY, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 9, 2013) - Crasche New York has announced the introduction of its newest protective headgear, the Crasche® Middie™. The product has been tested by two leading independent testing labs, and the test results confirmed that the Crasche Middie can greatly reduce the risk of concussion in girls lacrosse.
"The test results have shown that the Crasche Middie provides a very high level of protection against concussion in girls lacrosse," said Robert Emmett, inventor of the Crasche hat. "The Crasche Middie does not offer the protection of a helmet, but when used in girls lacrosse, it will reduce the risk of concussion by well over 90 percent."
In one laboratory test, the Crasche headgear was hit with the most rigid part of the lacrosse stick, at 38 miles per hour. The test results showed an impressive 94% impact resistance. The lab measurement, known as Severity Index, was reduced from over 1,050 on a bare headform to 68 on the headform covered with the Crasche headgear. A Severity Index of 300 and above is concussion level.
In another laboratory test, the latest version of the Crasche Middie was hit with a lacrosse ball at 78 miles per hour. The test results showed a Severity Index high of 268 with an average of 234, well below the concussion level of 300.
This new product fills a need in girls lacrosse, which prohibits the use of helmets in competition. In accordance with the current rules, the USLacrosse Association has allowed the Crasche Middie to be worn as protective headgear in all levels of girls lacrosse.
The outer layers of the inserts in the Crasche Middie are composed of a strong polycarbonate plastic. The inner layers are made of neoprene rubber and contain a series of air chambers that help cushion the impact and help spread the force of the impact over the entire insert.
Crasche will exhibit the Crasche Middie at Booth #728 at the 2013 USLacrosse National Convention on January 11-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The convention is home to approximately 5,000 lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators, players, parents and fans.
The Crasche Middie and all Crasche hats provide impact protection and are manufactured here in the United States. For more information, visit www.crasche.com.
* Additional information on the lab results is available upon request.
John C. Zaher
PRMG New York