Faculty Advisor

Butler, Tiffiny A


The sport of wrestling has an injury rate of 21.7 per thousand exposures. This can be reduced by wearing headgear during practice, which is not done due to problems with comfort, hearing, and adjustment. The team's primary objective for the project was to increase the likelihood of wear of headgear by wrestlers during practice. The team gathered information using a survey, selected materials, and established designs. The selected materials for each component were evaluated for best fit individually, then compiled into potential designs. These were then tested using the Instron, impact testing, and with testing on active participants. From these, a final design was selected that showed statistically significant improvements in comparison to the market standard.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering