September 2007, I was badly hurt in a softball game when I was hit
between the eyes by a thrown ball as I slid into second base. My face
was crushed - shattered septum and frontal sinus, broken nasal bone and
two broken orbitals - and I required 11 hours of reconstructive surgery
and months of healing. After being physically cleared to resume contact
sports with the advice that I protect my reconstructed face, I began to
search the marketplace for a protective facemask of some sort. All I
found was a cheap looking nose guard with bulky black padding. Knowing
that the padding would surely limited my vision, I decided to seek out
the makers of a facemask I'd seen worn by the Detroit Piston star Rip Hamilton.
The team sent me to Jeremy Murray and Rita at Michigan Hand and Sport
From the beginning, Jeremy and his staff have been caring, professional
and eager to please. They wanted to hear my story and to help me get
back to my active lifestyle. The staff provided simple, clear instructions
on what they needed from me (a prescription, plaster face casting and
front and side photos of my face), and within a week after sending my
materials, Jeremy had created and shipped to me a custom made facemask.
As a result, I have returned with confidence to competition on the
basketball court and on the playing field.
The light weight, protective face mask is one-of-a-kind. It's easy
to use. It offers superior protection, clear lines of vision and a
comfortable fit. After use, it's easy to clean with rubbing alcohol
or soap and water. The elastic straps are adjustable and enable me
to attach the mask securely but comfortably to my head. In short,
there is nothing on the market like it. Without the prompt,
professional and courteous service of Jeremy and his staff, I do not
believe I would have the confidence needed to resume playing sports.
The product is awesome, and the staff is even better. A winning combination.
I would highly recommend the facemask and the staff to anyone.
They may be one of the best product and service companies I have ever worked with.
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