Helmets

MIPS New Helmet Protection

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

MIPS AB currently has helmets in the snow, cycling and equestrian markets and is in conversation with league sports (NHL, NFL).

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The Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, or MIPS, was developed by a Swedish neuroscientist to protect against oblique impacts to the head, which are much more common than the vertical impacts a traditional helmet helps to protect against. MIPS utilizes a low-friction layer between outer and inner shells of a helmet to minimize rotational violence to the brain. The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Sweden has conducted tests concluding MIPS helmets can significantly minimize brain injuries.  Currently available in bike and ski/snowboard helmets from POC Sports, Scott Sports, and R.E.D., the MIPS brain protection system is the best technology available to significantly reduce head injuries for athletes.

How it works: http://mipshelmet.com/how-it-works
Test results: http://mipshelmet.com/how-it-works/test_results

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Article by Bryan Roberts

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Unintended Consequences: American Football Helmets

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

american football helmets concussion

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/19/091019fa_fact_gladwell

http://bit.ly/2MtTJR

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/11/15/an-injured-ex-players-take-removing-helmets-from-the-nfl-wont/

TAGS: American Football

Could an increase in head injuries and neurological problems in NFL players be an unintended consequence of making a better helmet? Recent debates have shed light on studies supporting this claim.

“This football season, the debate about head injuries has reached a critical mass. Startling research has been unveiled. Maudlin headlines have been written. Congress called a hearing on the subject last month.

As obvious as the problem may seem (wait, you mean football is dangerous?), continuing revelations about the troubling mental declines of some retired players—and the ongoing parade of concussions during games—have created a sense of inevitability. Pretty soon, something will have to be done. Counterintuitive, or just plain dangerous? WSJ’s Reed Albergotti discusses with colleague Chaz Repak why some experts think an NFL without helmets would vastly reduce on-field injuries in American football.

But before the debate goes any further, there’s a fundamental question that needs to be investigated. Why do football players wear helmets in the first place? And more important, could the helmets be part of the problem?”

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American Football Helmet to better protect athletes against concussion

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Xenith helmet

Xenith has embedded 18 shock absorbers into a flexible cap that lines the inside of a helmet. The shock absorbers are made out of a plastic that is elastic and flexible, thus it can accept a wide range of forces and return to its original shape instantaneously. The shock absorbers are hollow discs featuring a tiny hole to allow air to flow in and out. Upon impact, the walls of the discs collapse to absorb and dissipate the energy.

“When you force air or any fluid to flow through a small hole, you get an adaptive response: the harder [the disc] is hit, the stiffer it behaves, because you are generating more resistance inside the disc,” says Ferrara. “You want a system to behave softly under low energy, but under high energy, you want it to get progressively stiffer so that it does not collapse down to nothing.”

For more information please click the link. Images and information reprinted from technologyreview.

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Riddell develop concussion-monitoring helmet

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Riddell helmet

www.riddell.com

Riddell have developed the Revolution IQ HITS (Head Impact Telemetry System) helmet that can store impact data from over 100 impacts. This will help to improve research into the area of impact protection and injury prevention.

For more information please click the link. Images and information reprinted from Riddell.

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