Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, high school and college baseball players are required to wear a NOCSAE certified chest protector, designed to reduce the risk of commotio cordis. So, what does this mean for you? Below we’ve outlined a couple of frequently asked questions about the new standards, who they effect, and which chest protectors to buy moving forward.
What is Commotio Cordis?
Commotio Cordis is a rare and usually deadly disruption of heart rhythm that occurs when a baseball hits someone’s chest with enough force. Although Commotio Cordis cases are pretty infrequent, survival is very unlikely without immediate medical attention. It’s recommended that baseball players of all ages wear a NOCASE certified chest protector and make sure there’s an emergency defibrillator somewhere near the sports complex in order to prevent Commotio Cordis.
Who do these new rules effect?
Right now, only the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have adopted this rule, but it’s assumed that most youth organizations will follow suit in the near future.
How do you tell if a chest protector is NOCSAE certified?
All certified chest protectors are required to use the NOCSAE Baseball Standard patch. For your convenience, we compiled a list of the brands and models we sell that are NOCSAE certified for the 2020 season. Check it out below and pick up your new chest protector today!