I enjoyed the football playoffs over the weekend and reveled in the 49ers defeating the Green Bay Packers. In every game I saw there seemed to be a heightened level of attention paid to the helmet-to-helmet impact. This is a definite concern for the game and some of the benefits of the level of attention will eventually flow over into other areas where we wear protective head gear. The most common area where we wear head gear is motorcycle riding and the helmet we wear.
For many years the motorcycle helmet’s has been the only aid to reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident. However, motorcycle helmets may not work to help prevent injury in every type of accident. As strange as it may seem some helmets cannot assist in the prevention of concussions that occur in low speed accidents. There is an experimental dual-layer motorcycle helmet design that takes aim at tackling this exact problem and this design may be reverse engineered to aid football players with their issues.
The design of a motorcycle helmet is basically Styrofoam in a hard plastic shell, and this design has not changed much since it was introduced. Researchers are now working on a new helmet design that could possibly revolutionize safety for motorcyclists. The company doing much of this research is 6D Helmets. Researchers have developed a helmet that uses dampeners between 2 Styrofoam layers to distribute impact. During impact, the force is dissipated evenly around the helmet, reducing the risk of traumatic brain injury.
What we find very interesting is that the design also includes a number of other safety features to reduce the risk of injury. For instance, in many motorcycle accidents, the person can suffer fractures below the neck, when the helmet is pushed downwards and strikes the collarbone. That problem is eliminated with the new motorcycle helmet design, in which the sides of the helmet detach upon impact. The helmet also comes with additional padding in the chin to prevent injuries to the rider’s sternum. Also, screws placed inside the helmet collapse during impact, so that the impact doesn’t twist the head to the side, causing serious neck injuries.
According to the research, during impact of 4.5 mph, a conventional helmet gives about 79 g of force to the person’s head, but in this new motorcycle helmet design, the person only gets about 49 g of force. While 49g of force is still significant, this level of force is almost 40% less than the initial level and while not eliminating traumatic brain injury it is sure to help and will lead to additional research. There are many companies that are actively researching areas like this and as a society we will only benefit long term by this research.
If you or someone you care about has been in a motorcycle accident we can help. Sadly, we see a lot of clients that have been involved in motorcycle accidents through no fault of their own and they need help. Feel free to call the Law Offices of Guenard and Bozarth at 888-809-1075 or look us up at http://www.gblegal.com and we will talk to you 24/7/365. We Can Help!