Protecting our brains with safer helmets

"Do helmets effectively prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries and concussions? How can we make sure they are tested under realistic impact scenarios?

Every year, more than 10 million people suffer Traumatic Brain Injury caused by physical activity and sport. The HEADS group, led by UCD, has sought to improve helmet designs by advancing our understanding of head injury and how it should best be prevented. A key challenge was to ensure that helmet testing accurately represented real-world impact scenarios, and that so-called artificial “headforms” would reliably replicate the behaviour of the human head.

The group’s findings have directly influenced new European standards for bicycle, motorbike and equestrian helmets. These standards will ensure future products and helmet designs provide better head protection, reducing rates of Traumatic Brain Injury and concussion around the world."