The Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings Symposium will provide attendees with an overview of the future directions of the helmet ratings. Specifically, new methodologies for rating helmets that include the evaluation of linear and rotational head acceleration will be presented. New methods and rating systems will be presented for the following equipment: adult football helmets, youth football helmets, soccer headgear, sensors, bicycle helmets, hockey helmets, lacrosse helmets, as well as baseball and softball helmets. Manufacturers, researchers, physicians, athletic trainers, sport league associations, and standard organizations are all encouraged to attend to learn about and provide feedback on the proposed methodologies.
About the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings:
Although all helmets currently being sold satisfy safety requirements specified by standards organizations, not all helmets are created equal. Two helmets that pass the same standard may provide quite different levels of head acceleration reduction. Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have been providing independent helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings are the culmination of over 10 years of research on head impacts in sports and identify which helmets best reduce both linear and rotational accelerations.