Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University have announced new adult football helmet ratings for 2014. A total of 23 helmet models have been evaluated using the STAR evaluation system. Higher rated helmets are found, by the study, to provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to helmets with fewer stars.
Five new helmets have been added to the list of those tested by researchers. They all earned the 5-star mark which is the highest rating awarded. New to the list in 2014: Schutt AiR Pro VTD, Schutt Vengeance VTD, Rawlings Tachyon, Xenith Epic, and Xenith X2E.
Later this year, the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings will be expanded to evaluate hockey helmets using newly developed helmet testing methods. And in 2015, football helmet rating methods will be changed to include linear and rotational acceleration. Researchers have tested adult-size helmets up to this point, and will be adding youth football helmets for the first time.
Virginia Tech researchers have published a 5-year plan for their helmet evaluations. It can be found here.
You can also access the new 2014 helmet rating guide by clicking here.