Innovating sports technology and design

Innovative sports technology builds on a unique combination of the University’s strengths in engineering, sports science and design.

When combined with world-class sports facilities and access to elite athletes, the sports technology offering at Loughborough is truly world-leading.

Combining expertise from our world famous Sports Technology Institute with other leading researchers across two campuses, our research brings engineers, designers and physical scientists together to provide innovative solutions and address contemporary challenges faced by sporting bodies, athletes and brands.

Partnerships with global brands have served to enhance the design, simulation, testing, safety and manufacturing of sporting goods. Collaboration with governing bodies improves performance and increases safety through equipment design and specification, while upholding the integrity of their sport.

Head Injury Prevention

Dr Paul Sherratt

Researchers at Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute have made key contributions to the revision of the British test standard (EN BS7928) for cricket helmets. The research team’s laboratory based research culminated in the adoption of a new test methodology to assess the ability of a helmet to protect players from facial injury. In the five years preceding the revision, facial injury was the leading cause of major head injury in cricket. They developed a test method that allows researchers to recreate and identify the injury mechanisms behind the facial injuries.

Throughout the research, they worked closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board, British Standards, Inspec International accredited standards laboratory and leading cricket manufacturers. This represents a great example of diverse partners working together to improve player safety in sport.

The standard revision has been quickly adopted internationally by the ICC. All cricket helmets worn in international cricket must now conform to BS7928:2013.

No cricketer has subsequently suffered a career-threatening facial injury whilst batting in a conforming helmet.

This research partnership has continued, with a second revision being undertaken. This includes provision for the testing of neck protectors, in response to the tragic death of Australian international cricketer, Phillip Hughes.