McDavid and Shock Doctor extend partnership with Nikola Karabatic, French Handball All-Star




McDavid and Shock Doctor extend partnership with Nikola Karabatic, French Handball All-Star

Three-Time IHF World Player of the Year to help promote on-court protection


Olen, Belgium (September 19, 2017)Leading athletic protection brands McDavid and Shock Doctor have announced the partnership extension of French handball superstar Nikola Karabatic as global athlete ambassador. Karabatic, a two-time Olympic Champion and three-time International Handball Federation World Player of the Year, will continue to exclusively wear McDavid’s patented line of HEX® protective gear and Shock Doctor mouthguards on the court.


Karabatic, a long-time user of McDavid HEX®, will help build awareness and promote the usage of protective apparel in handball. Additionally, he will use a custom Shock Doctor mouthguard and become a leading voice in the brand’s global “Mouthful of Fearless” campaign.


In addition to Nikola, McDavid and Shock Doctor have extended their partnership with Luka Karabatic, Nikola’s brother and his teammate on the Paris Saint Germain Handball team.


“Nikola is one of the best handball players of all-time, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with him said Patrick Cloots, SVP International of United Sports Brands, the parent company of McDavid and Shock Doctor. “Protecting the athlete’s health and safety is very important to all of our brands, and partnering with two of the best handball players worldwide reinforces our commitment to deliver the best performance and protection equipment for athletes around the world.”


Growing up in a handball family, Nikola Karabatic began his professional career at the top French club Montpellier HB. He has won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012), four World Championship gold medals (2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017), and three gold medals in the European Championship (2006, 2010 and 2014). Nikola also won L'Équipe Champion of Champions in 2011. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in Handball history, winning the IHF World Player of the Year a record three times (2007, 2014 and 2016).


About McDavid

McDavid designs and markets sports medicine, sports protection, and performance apparel for active people and athletes. We are relentless in our pursuit of preventing injuries and enhancing performance. McDavid products top the recommendation lists of pro athletes, sports medicine professionals and athletic trainers. From our research-backed ankle braces to patented HEX® protective technology, McDavid products address both the broad range and the specific needs of professional and everyday athletes across a variety of sports. For more information, visit and


About Shock Doctor

Shock Doctor, the undisputed leader in mouthguard technology and the #1 mouthguard in the world, is a leader in sports protection and performance around the globe. At the forefront of innovation for more than 25 years, Shock Doctor provides performance-driven and protective equipment for athletes across a range of sports, including football, basketball, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, handball, MMA, fitness and more. For more information, visit and


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