The brief was to re-design the polo helmet and bring it into the 21st Century. The answer resulted in a helmet fitted with wireless sensors to spot impacts and falls that may cause head injuries. This informs first responders, during a game or off the field, of force levels that have the potential to cause injury.

There will be a lot of new features to modernise the helmet as it is so out of date. The main USP is to have a built in “crash sensor”. When the polo player is training on their own it pairs with a smartphone on the body, during a game the sensor connects to the first responder’s (Coach, Parent, Umpire etc…) app via long range Bluetooth.

The system is able to detect Peak G. When the sensor is triggered above a critical threshold an alert is initiated. The app will then notify you emergency contact and either suggests to seek medical attention in a game environment or send GPS coordinates of the incident is the player is on their own. This allows for follow up actions to be taken and polo player to be encouraged to seek proper medical attention.

The other main feature is the integration of the MIPS layer. MIPS uses a slip-plane system that moves inside the helmet, mimicking the brain’s own protection system. This layer is designed to rotate inside the helmet with the intent to potentially slow or reduce the amount of energy transferred to or from the head. Research suggests that if rotational acceleration is reduced, this decreases the chance of the risk and severity of brain injury.

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