June 7 2006.

Planet Knox, the British company widely recognised as world leaders in impact protection, has developed a new Scaphoid Protection System that could radically reduce one of the most common wrist injuries suffered by motorcyclists.
The Patent Pending device protects the scaphoid, a small bone connecting the thumb to the wrist. It is commonly fractured in falls, but is difficult to heal, because it only receives a limited supply of blood.  Scaphoid injury is a real issue to racers and road riders alike, and World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson's experience demonstrates the complications of damage to this tiny bone. In 2002 he underwent corrective surgery on the scaphoid bone of his left wrist, to heal an old crash injury he suffered in 1997. In addition to physiotherapy, Hodgson even spent time in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber to speed up the recovery from the surgical graft and to help heal the bone.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to scaphoid injuries because of the 'grab effect'.  During any fall, the immediate reaction is to put out the hand, with the palm down. In many cases, on contact with the road, the leather palm grips and the forward momentum carries the body over the palm, either breaking or increasing the likelyhood of a stress fracture of the scaphoid.
The Knox SPS consists of two carefully shaped polypropylene panels placed on the palm of the glove. This eliminates the 'grab effect' and allows the outstretched hand to slide along at the same speed as the rest of the rider's body. Knox already supply body armour to many leading motorcycle clothing manufacturers across the globe and the company is confident that SPS will be as common as hard knuckle protectors within a few years.
"Initial interest has been very good, with many current clients confirming they will incorporate it in their '07 ranges," said Knox MD Geoff Travell.  "Although the SPS is a simple concept, it's been a year in the making and we're really pleased that so many manufacturers share our enthusiasm for it."

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