Helmets and protective headgear are tested to ensure that they meet regulatory performance and protection standards and are marketed with a safety validation label. However, as the global market for sports equipment and accessories continues to expand, there are increasing differences in manufacturing and production quality — not all protective sports gear is created equally.
Exponent's MULTIDISCIPLINARY Solution
When the incidence rate of diagnosed mild traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, hit an all-time high, Exponent conducted a critical evaluation of the safety features and efficacy of headgear and novel technologies included in certified and non-certified sports equipment.
Exponent tested cycling, motorcycle, snow sports, baseball, and football headgear as well as non-certified (novelty) helmets, which some may use for activities like biking and skateboarding, to determine their efficacy in reducing impact response and head injury potential.
Our team discovered a wide range of benefits in the certified equipment but noticed a marked difference, namely a lack of safety performance, among uncertified or unproven protection technologies. Exponent's work has contributed to an important body of research demonstrating the benefits and limitations of certified helmet use.