Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Participation in sports greatly increases the chance of concussion. The goal of this project was to address existing gaps in the efficacy of available soccer headgear. The team conducted material testing, linear acceleration testing, and design validation. The headgear reduced linear accelerations by an average of 39.2% along the sagittal plane, and 19.4% along the coronal plane, while only increasing head exterior temperature by 3.6 °F during exercise. Feedback from university soccer athletes showed positive results for comfort and fit. Overall, the prototype addressed the existing gaps in the effectiveness of competing products and met the team’s design considerations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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