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NOCSAE Standards

The world’s first performance standard for commotio cordis for baseball and lacrosse is now available and there are products on the market that meet this standard. Learn more here.

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August 9, 2022
NOCSAE Summer Standards Meeting Update: NOCSAE Reports Progress on Youth Football Helmet Standard and the Redesign of Nine Array Headforms

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) convened its Summer Meeting on July 22 in Portland, Oregon, welcoming remote and in-person attendees. The meeting included reports from the Scientific Advisory Committee chair on the latest understanding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the research director on injuries in non-tackle youth football. The […]

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March 10, 2022
NOCSAE Statement on the Performance Standard to Protect Against Commotio Cordis (ND200)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (March 10, 2022) ― The NOCSAE performance standard to protect against commotio cordis (ND200) was developed to help protect athletes against one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in sports. All NOCSAE standards are continually updated as new data is received. The various changes to ND200 over several years involve […]

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How the new NOCSAE standard to protect against commotio cordis saves lives February 24, 2022
NOCSAE & USA Lacrosse Team Up Against Life-threatening Commotio Cordis

What is commotio cordis? Commotio cordis is a life-threatening sports injury. It can happen when a player is struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball or stick, sending the player into a sudden cardiac crisis. Commotio cordis can affect athletes of any age. Looking across all sports, 15-25 athletes die every year from commotio […]

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Commissioning research and establishing standards for athletic equipment, where feasible, and encouraging dissemination of research findings on athletic equipment and sports injuries.

NOCSAE Board Updates

NOCSAE Research Director Kim D. Barber Foss NOCSAE Welcomes New Research Director Kim D. Barber Foss

Kim D. Barber Foss, PhD ATC brings with her a passion for innovative research and a clear vision for her new role as she succeeds outgoing Research Director, Frederick O. Mueller, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, UNC-CH. Barber Foss has published extensively in the areas of injury epidemiology, biomechanics, and brain injury and has 29 years’ experience […]

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NOCSAE Welcomes New Board Member

Stan Jurga Jr has been appointed by SFIA to fill its open position on the NOCSAE Board of Directors (representing the Producers ANSI interest category). Stan is the VP of Product Development at All-Star Sporting Goods – a brand that specializes in baseball & softball protective hardgoods for all levels of play. Stan’s role in […]

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NOCSAE Research Director Announces Retirement

After 15 years of dedicated service to NOCSAE, Fred Mueller, Ph.D. is retiring. During his tenure with NOCSAE, Fred managed 359 full grant applications, ultimately funding 40 grants totaling $8,435,000. Mueller significantly elevated and advanced NOCSAE’s grant program and the organization’s contribution to athletic equipment research, understanding of injury risk threshold and athlete safety. NOCSAE […]

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Upcoming Meetings

Winter Standards Committee Meeting
Litchfield Park, AZ
January 27, 2023
Summer Standards Committee Meeting
Chicago, IL
July 21, 2023