Football is a physically demanding sport. One of the greatest concerns for an athlete is receiving a concussion. Mississippi State researchers set out and have created a redesigned helmet that will reduce the possibility of concussions.
The researchers from the Bagley School of Engineering developed their design from studying the collisions of rams and woodpeckers. They discovered that each animal had unique mechanisms that allowed them to absorb blows to the head.
In response, the researchers used what they learned to create a helmet with advanced materials such as composite and titanium for the shells and facemarks. The most important design element is the inner lining, which reflects the structure of a ram.
“Using information from our research, we replaced traditional helmet lining with a foam made of microstructures similar to those found in rams’ horns,” says Horstemeyer. “Tests show our helmet is three times more likely to reduce concussions than helmets worn today.”
The researchers additionally designed a virtual model of the human head to decipher that concussions don’t actually occur from the initial hit but rather from stress waves. Having a better understanding of concussions will aid in finding a solution.
Credit to Mississippi State for using science and technology to try to make a positive impact on the game of football.