May 23, 2013
To help better protect football players from the risks of suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries, Virginia Tech has released the results of a study examining the effectiveness of different football helmets.
The study subjected each helmet to a total of 120 impacts at different locations. The researchers then used an equation to compare their data with on-field concussion risks in order to establish a rating for each helmet.
According to an article from Medical Daily, a total of four helmets received a five star rating, which is the best that can be given under the standards established in the study. These helmets include:
- Riddell 360
- Rawlings Quantum Plus
- Riddell Revolution Speed
- Xenith X2
Several other helmets that received notable fours-star ratings included:
- SG Adult helmet
- Schutt Vengeance
- Schutt Ion 4D
- Rawlings Impulse
- Xenith X1
- Riddell Revolution and Revolution IQ
- Rawlings Quantum
Researchers suggested that players only use helmets that have received four or five-star ratings.
The information that has been gathered can prove vital to players as more data about the risks football players face from repeat brain injuries continues to come to light.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm know the dangers of traumatic brain injuries, and they hope this information will help better protect players at all levels on the field this season.