Today's helmets are extremely effective at protecting their wearers against head injuries in a collision. However, their design does not protect the wearer against neck and spinal cord injury in a head-first impact
. Estimating the number of cervical spine injuries from head-first impacts while wearing a helmet in sports is not straightforward. However, because they are so debilitating and there is no cure for consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI), prevention is of utmost importance, especially if prevention can be offered through a helmet that is the same size and configuration as a common helmet.
™ helmet technology (shown left) under development at Injury Biomechanics Laboratory
of The University of British Columbia
is being designed to provide the additional level of protection that no state-of-the-art helmet so far has been able to offer – protection for the head and
neck during head-first impacts. The technology is not yet available commercially but thus far research and development testing has shown promising results.
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