Commotio cordis (sudden cardiac arrest from a blow to the chest) is a very rare event (thankfully). It is impossible to do a study large enough to demonstrate that any specific intervention can change the outcome. Commotio cordis has also been reported to occur in baseball catchers, who generally wear thicker padding than the Heart Gard. For me, it was worth the $90 to buy an Evo Shield for my DD 2 years ago even without the evidence that it worked. Unfortunately, she hated it because it was really hot to wear under her uniform. She didn't wear it more than once or twice as far as I know. Like all sports, there is a risk, and it is up to each parent, team, and league to decide what level of protection is appropriate.From reading the research it's not clear to me that these actually work.
I believe a player was killed last year or the year before from a linedrive that stopped her heart while pitching. A very sad story. Though still extremely rare.I was not aware of this ever having been an issue in softball, interesting question.
There is nothing showing this wouldn't have happened with a wood bat, especially the manner in which the corners crash the plate. Want to reduce the chance of this happening again? Remove the reason the corners charge the batter.These sort of things are just hard to stomach. They are becoming way too frequent. It is time for something to be done. I know a lot of people blame the bats (which is a problem) , but also the mentality that a player is less skilled due to wearing a mask has to be squashed.
Definitely not the type of coach I would want my DD to play for anyway. As far as not getting recruited because of a mask , oh well , I think I will just pay for school. Not worth the chance of losing my DDYeah. People responded by saying that Stacy N. wears the best protective equipment made, behind the plate. So, how does she know?