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27 Jan 2020

Loughborough University continues to lead the way in cricket helmet safety

Loughborough University Continues to lead the way in cricket helmet safety

Research from Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute continues to be at the forefront to ensure cricketers safety whilst batting.

Following the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes in 2014, a number of helmet manufacturers sought to supply neck protectors, which attach to the base of a helmet. The aim of the neck protector is to reduce the severity and frequency of injuries to the rear and upper neck. However, no standard existed, so the players had no reassurance of how effective these neck guards would be. That was until now; research developed by Loughborough’s Sports Technology Institute has been approved by the committee for inclusion within BS7928.

Professor of Sports Technology, Andy Harland said:

"Our previous research led to a new test being included in the British Standard, but more recently, the issue of injury to the neck - which is typically not covered by the helmet - had come to prominence following Phil Hughes’ tragic death.

"Many players now wear these protectors, yet for years these were not subject to any standard testing. As a result of our research, neck protectors can now be tested and certified, giving confidence to the authorities and those that are wearing them."

More information about this new standard and the research undertaken by the Sports Technology Institute can be found here.

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