The Helmet That Can Save Football Athletes in the U. suffer million sports-related concussions each year. While helmet makers dither with small improvements, Swedish scientists have built something that could protect us all. By Tom Foster
The UBC Aerolab specializes in low speed wind tunnel testing for academic and commercial purposes. Our facilities house two subsonic wind tunnels, the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, and the smaller Parkinson Wind Tunnel. Past clients of the Aerolab have included: Nike Inc., HED Wheels, Bell Helmets, International Submarine Engineering, Pratt & Whitney, UBC Department of Soil Science, and the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.
Mechanical Engineering at UBC is home to a successful and recognized research department, with numerous connections to international industry. There are over 200 graduate students and about 30 undergraduates working in research labs here, and most of our faculty members hold multiple NSERC, CIHR, and CFI grants and contracts. Research in the department is funded by over $3.5 million a year in funding from industry, which is raised by about 28 of our faculty members alone.
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Cripton Technologies has developed a proprietary safety device for sports helmets in conjunction with the Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group (www.oibg.mech.ubc.ca) at The University of British Columbia (“UBC”).
The Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet technology 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.