Title

The Effect of Soccer Headgear on the Force of a Collison between Two Heads

Author(s)

Tyler WhiteFollow

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Oral Presentation Award

3rd Place

Abstract

Soccer is the most played sport in the world, with over 256 million people playing “The Beautiful Game.” Soccer is also the only sport where the players intentionally use their head to clear, pass, and score the ball. An estimated 300, 000 sport-related brain injuries occur every year in the United States, and 8.9% of high school injuries and 5.8% of college injuries are concussions (Gessel et. al, 2007). In response to multiple studies showing the dangers of heading, soccer headgear was created. Its purpose is to reduce forces on the brain caused by contact to the head, whether it be via ball, player, or ground. These headgears wrap around the head and are made of foam and other force-absorbing materials. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if expanded polypropylene would be a viable material to protect the brain from head to head contact. It was hypothesized that the modified soccer headgear would significantly reduce the amount of force on the head. A dummy was used to simulate the human head, and a force sensitive resistor measure the force the receiving head incurred. A One-Way ANOVA (a=0.05(F 3,30)= 2.49, p<0.05) showed that the prototype did not significantly reduce force on the head from the already available headgear.

Location

Founders Hall 222 B

Start Date

3-30-2019 12:00 PM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 12:00 PM

The Effect of Soccer Headgear on the Force of a Collison between Two Heads

Founders Hall 222 B

Soccer is the most played sport in the world, with over 256 million people playing “The Beautiful Game.” Soccer is also the only sport where the players intentionally use their head to clear, pass, and score the ball. An estimated 300, 000 sport-related brain injuries occur every year in the United States, and 8.9% of high school injuries and 5.8% of college injuries are concussions (Gessel et. al, 2007). In response to multiple studies showing the dangers of heading, soccer headgear was created. Its purpose is to reduce forces on the brain caused by contact to the head, whether it be via ball, player, or ground. These headgears wrap around the head and are made of foam and other force-absorbing materials. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if expanded polypropylene would be a viable material to protect the brain from head to head contact. It was hypothesized that the modified soccer headgear would significantly reduce the amount of force on the head. A dummy was used to simulate the human head, and a force sensitive resistor measure the force the receiving head incurred. A One-Way ANOVA (a=0.05(F 3,30)= 2.49, p<0.05) showed that the prototype did not significantly reduce force on the head from the already available headgear.