At the heart of the Leatt® Lab is Dr. Chris Leatt himself. A rider, father and inventor. Dr. Leatt was in the process of specializing in neurosurgery when he assisted in the treatment of a victim of a tragic motorcycle enduro accident. A fellow rider, Alan Selby, died on the track from a suspected neck injury. It was something Chris never wanted to see again or subject his son, aged 4 at the time (and who had just started riding) to the risks of and so he left his studies and began to design what would ultimately become the Leatt-Brace®.
Born and raised in South Africa, Chris studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. He began his internship in the UK in 1995, before returning to his home country to take up a position as General Practitioner three years later. He has worked in the trauma wards of several hospitals, and spent time as a registrar at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital’s Department of Neurosurgery. In 2004, he gave up his medical career to focus exclusively on the Leatt-Brace®.
Dr. Leatt was also a medical officer for three FIM MX South African Motorcycle Grand Prixs, and was frequently trackside during races in Nelspruit and Sun City. In 2005/ 6, he was the injury assistant officer for Motorsport South Africa (MSA).
Dr. Leatt heads up the Leatt®-Lab in Cape Town, South Africa, where most of Leatt®’s research & development takes place. He also still participates actively in motorcycle racing.