Concussion Reduction Helmet

Case ID:
11-1011

Wayne State University Researchers have designed a football helmet to reduce the likelihood of a cerebral concussion to the wearer during blunt impact with another player or the ground.  The helmet shell and interior padding are tuned using a computer model of the head and helmet to reduce the strain experienced by the brain during impact. 

Commercial Applications

Studies on the risks of long-term brain damage to American Football players have recently raised awareness of the need for improvements in protective equipment.  Our helmet design has the potential to improve upon the safety of current football helmets, greatly reducing the probability that the wearer will sustain a mild concussion during game play.  Our helmet design has implications for increasing safety measures for professional, college-level, and amateur football players.  Major sports helmet manufacturers will likely have interest in incorporating our technology into their helmet designs. 

 

Competitive Advantage

Current football helmets are designed only to prevent skull fractures and severe brain injuries, and provide insufficient protection against concussions during game play.  Our helmet design holds advantages over existing helmets in that it is specifically designed to prevent mild cerebral concussions. 

 

Market Status/Potential Competitive Landscape:

- There is growing concern for the long-term damage that may be caused  by frequent and repeated mild cerebral concussions experienced by professional American football        players

- No football helmet currently exists that is specifically designed to prevent concussions

 

      Stage of Development

    We are seeking industry partnerships and funding to proceed with development of a prototype and in-type testing. 

 

Patent Status: US 9.530,248 B2

https://patents.google.com/patent/US9530248B2/en?oq=US+9.530%2c248+B2

 

 Publications:

J Biomech Eng. Nov 2013, 135(11): 111002 ;  https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4025101

 

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Olena Danylyuk
Wayne State University
Olena@wayne.edu
Inventors:
Albert King
King-Hay Yang
Liying Zhang
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