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McIver KG, Sankaran GN, Lee P, Bucherl S, Leiva N, Talavage TM, Leverenz L, Nauman EA. J. Biomech. 2019; ePub(ePub): ePub.


School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, United States; Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, United States; Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, United States. Electronic address:


(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)






It has been established that substantial negative changes in neurocognitive function can be observed in a large percentage of athletes who participate in contact sports such as soccer or American football, motivating a need for improved safety systems. Head accelerations in men's lacrosse are similar to those in football and female lacrosse players experience high rates of concussions, necessitating better head protection in both sports. Previous studies have sought to evaluate the ability of modern football helmets to mitigate impacts both normal and oblique to the surface of the helmet using a system that quantifies both the input load and the resulting accelerations of a Hybrid III headform. This study quantifies the inputs and outputs of the helmet-Hybrid III headform system in order to compare the impact attenuation capability of two male and two female lacrosse helmets. Of those helmets tested, the better performing male helmet was the Schutt Stallion 650 and the better performing female helmet was the Hummingbird excepting device failure at the rear boss impact location, but football helmets still generally outperformed the lacrosse helmets tested here.

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Language: en


Helmet; Impact; Lacrosse


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