Each May, Virginia Tech releases a study that tests football helmets available on the market. The study measures linear impacts on size large shells with no facemasks attached. Each helmet is tested for impacts on the left and right sides, as well as the front and rear of the helmet. Three helmets from each model are tested for 120 impacts and the helmets are given a STAR (Summation of Tests for the Analysis of Risk) value based on the results.
The study has been met with both acclaim and controversy and helmet companies have pushed forward with new designs to better fit the study. Below is a more in depth look at the top 10 scoring helmets in the STAR methodology.
As Virginia Tech notes with its results, "Any player in any sport can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection." It's important to make sure you have a proper-fitting helmet and use proper techniques when tackling.View Original Study