The revised cricket helmet test
standard incorporates now the penetration test, and in the penetration
test the ball speed that is called for for an adult helmet is 28 meters per
second, so that’s 63 miles per hour. Clearly we’re looking for the helmet
to prevent the ball from passing between the peak and the grill,
so with high-speed video technology we can really extract a lot of information,
we in fact digitise the high speed video footage to be able to determine
velocity of the head form and helmet, and if we can collaborate with
people within a medical community that can tell us what sorts of physical
events cause concussion, then we can have a real significant impact
on the improvement of safety in sport. Previously it’s been the
wrong way around almost, the helmets have come first and the injuries come second.
We’re trying to go back to square one. So basically we wouldn’t be able to do this
without you know such a fantastic facility and expertise as well, that’s the other thing,
it’s staff that we’re working together with. We are looking now at what
changes have been made between the old style helmet and the new style
helmet particularly because there’s been an increase in the reported concussions
within the sport. We want to do a detailed investigation of the
differences in the parameters that we can measure so whether it’s acceleration,
rotational acceleration which we’re measuring within Loughborough University Sports
Technology Institute for the first time, pressure between the helmet and the head
form and so on and we’re really keen to try to understand what are the
differences that have been brought in through the new helmet test standard and
indeed you know how an optimum helmet might perform and be designed.