FOUNTAIN VALLEY – Shock Doctor is releasing all-new Play Safe Face Masks and Gaiters, sport-specific face coverings that help protect athletes against airborne droplets while supporting elite performance.

Shock Doctor continues taking an athlete-centric approach to designing with its Play Safe Face Masks and Gaiters. The products include unique features such as the patent-pending Quick-Flip, a multilayer split design that ensures easy access to mouthguard and hydration without having to touch the face or remove the mask. To eliminate ear irritation and reduce pressure points during play, the Play Safe Face Mask includes dual head straps that wrap around the back of the head.

The new Shock Doctor sport-specific face coverings feature a “Quick-Flip” split design that allows easy access to hydration or a mouthguard without having to touch the face or remove the mask. Valley News/Shock Doctor photo

Additionally, the face mask and gaiter are made of lightweight, moisture-wicking elastic material that ensures a secure fit while maintaining breathability during performance. The material is also machine washable, making both the face mask and gaiter reusable unlike single-use disposable masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people continue to wear face coverings in public settings even as athletes return to sporting activities.

“Taking an innovative approach to protection is in our DNA,” Michael Magerman, president and CEO of United Sports Brands, the parent company of Shock Doctor, said. “As a community, this is a uniquely challenging time we are facing. We take pride in providing athletes with protective solutions that enable performance at the highest level while keeping the rest of the community safe too.”

Shock Doctor aims to provide options for protecting all athletes with lightweight, moisture-wicking elastic masks and gaiters ensure a secure fit while maintaining breathability during performance. Valley News/Shock Doctor photo

The Play Safe Face Masks and Gaiters will be available mid-August at Academy Sports + Outdoors, Scheels, Meijer, Dunham’s Sports and Walmart stores. The face coverings will also be available for online purchase through the same retailers, plus Amazon, Eastbay and Several solid and print options are available, sporting the latest trends for the most current in-game looks. Face masks available in adult and youth sizes; gaiters are available in one size fits most.

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These are not medical-grade coverings and not intended as a replacement for medical-grade personal protective equipment.

Submitted by Shock Doctor.