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February 2018

Staying Safe in Winter Sports: Polycarbonate Plastic Helps Win the Race!

February 2018

Many winter sporting events involve racing down a mountain at high speed, whether on ice or under icy conditions. Any kind of crash could be disastrous, not only for a chance at a medal, but because of the bodily injury that could result.

Because of the injury risk, outdoor winter-sports athletes wear protective helmets and goggles. To help ensure safety in the event of a fall or collision, the protective gear must be made with a material that will maintain its integrity upon high speed impact. For good reason, that material most commonly is polycarbonate plastic.

Along with being lightweight, and clear like glass, polycarbonate is a highly shatter-resistant material, which makes it ideal for sports safety equipment like helmets and goggles.

Protective sports gear is designed to meet the rigorous requirements of safety standards developed by organizations such as ASTM International. For example, the ASTM F2040 standard sets requirements for ski and snowboard helmets, including an impact resistance test that involves dropping a heavy iron block onto the helmet.

And don't forget hockey players. Being struck in the head or face with a high-speed puck or errant stick has high potential for serious injury. That's why most hockey players wear protective helmets and face shields made from polycarbonate.

To protect yourself from injury, polycarbonate plastic is a winner for winter sports.



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