Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab releases youth helmet ratings

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(WFXR) Virginia Tech’s Helmet lab has released their youth football-helmet ratings.  

The Helmet Lab has already released ratings for varsity football and other sports, allowing consumers to see which helmets best reduce the risk of concussions. 

the lab studies head impacts amount youth football players, and reconfigured their tests to reflect the types of impacts youth players feel on the field. 

Their study showed seven helmet models earned the highest possible rating of five stars, the remaining earning three or four. 

That study included every youth football helmet on the market. 

The Helmet Lab director, Steve Rowson saying the risk between varsity players and youth players is very different. 

“Kids aren’t just scaled-down adults, their heads are larger relative to their necks; their necks are weaker; and their brains are still developing.”

Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab has been working since 2015 to study the head-impact exposure in youth football, using sensors in players’ helmets to record impacts that happen on the field. 

To see their youth football helmet ratings results click here

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