Virginia Tech has released its latest rating of football helmets, based on scientific evaluations of how they absorb hits taken on the gridiron.
The results are the latest in a project, started in 2011, that uses sensors placed in the helmets to measure the magnitude of an impact to the head, and how well the helmet reduces the risk of a concussion.
“Our research focuses on identifying helmets that reduce concussion risk so that athletes can make informed decisions based on independent data when purchasing equipment, which in turn incentivizes helmet manufacturers to design helmets that better reduce head acceleration,” said Tech engineering professor Stefan Duma.
Duma is the director of the project, undertaken by the Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.
This year, 18 helmets were evaluated through an analysis of more than 2,000 laboratory tests. The tests were based on more than 2 million head impacts recorded in high school and college football games.
To see how the helmets rated, click here.