Can a Better Football Helmet Save Your Kid’s Brain?

Three years ago, researchers at Virginia Tech developed a novel rating system for football helmets. Since then, NCAA squads, NFL teams, and parents across the country have demanded the top-rated equipment. Helmet makers followed suit, changing designs to meet the new standards. There’s only...


Research experience for undergraduates in a multiscale approach to biomechanics is accepting applications for their 2015 summer program.



Study: Some High School Football Teams Use Inadequate Helmets

There are new concerns over the football helmets some local high school players are wearing after university research suggested certain helmets put children at a higher risk for a concussion....


2 Investigators: Schools Using Football Helmets With Low Safety Ratings

There are startling safety concerns about youth football helmets. Local kids are being forced to wear poorly rated, 10-year-old  helmets with outdated designs. ...


WKYT Investigates: 5 schools with less than 'good' football helmets

A month-long WKYT investigation discovered five high schools in central, southern and eastern Kentucky with football helmets deemed less than “good” by a rating system to denote their ability to reduce the risk of concussions. ...


Years After Helmet Safety Study, High School Equipment Still Mixed

NBC5 Investigates asked for the helmet inventories of over 300 public and private high schools from throughout Chicago and the suburbs. That survey revealed over a dozen schools using lower-rated helmet...


Virginia Tech Finds Riddell's New Flex Helmet Design Better Than Any Other

The university has tracked more than 300,000 football impacts to research helmet effectiveness. ...


Virginia Tech joins $30 million effort to curb head injuries among college athletes, military personnel


Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics Hiring Three Biomechanics Assistant/Associate Professors

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (...


These Helmets Will Save the NFL from Itself

Last year was big for the NFL in terms of safety. The league put independent neurologists on sidelines, banned high-risk tackles, and pledged more than $765 million to help retired players and fund medical exams and research. Helmet manufacturers are making improvements too, tha...


Spartan Hockey Helmets Going Under Microscope

Hockey helmets may be on the verge of a radical makeover, as scientists and engineers at ...


Virginia Tech unveils hockey STAR helmet testing procedures in open meeting

Virginia Tech biomedical engineering researchers will meet with scientists and manufacturers of hockey helmets on July 22 as the university prepares for the fall 2014 ...


Winners Announced At 13th Annual Graduate Symposium

The 13th Annual Graduate Student Symposium was held on May 15th, 2014 at Winston – Salem, NC in the Biotech Building.&nb...


BME Students Awarded At Torgersen Graduate Symposium

2014 Paul E. Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Awards were awarded April 15th, 2014.  Congratulations to our BME students! MS Oral Presentations: 1st  - Anna MacAlister (BME) 2nd  - Tim O&#...


How Many Lives Will Robocar Technologies Save?

By Philip E. Ross Before automating a part of the driving experience, you’d like to know how much it will cost and how much safer the passengers will be. The first problem is fairly eas...


Virginia Tech announces football helmet ratings update as five new helmets meet 5-star mark

Blacksburg, Va. - Virginia Tech released today the updated results of its adult football helmet ratings, which are designed to identify key differences between the abilities of individual helmets to reduce the risk of concussion.  ...


Dr. Kristofer Kusano Honored with the SAE International's Russell S. Springer Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (May 5, 2014) – Dr. Kristofer D. Kusano, Research Associate at Virginia Tech, has been honored with SAE International’s Russell...


2014 Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) Winners

The Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) is a regional symposium held annually since 1964.  The 51st  RMBS conference was hosted in Denver, Colorado on April 4th – 6...


New Riddell SpeedFlex football helmet pits technology vs. concussions

Football's brain injury problem has become one of several threats to the future of the college sport, and all other levels as well. The NCAA and several confer...


National Science Foundation to sponsor undergraduate biomechanics research program

Pamela VandeVord, associate professor of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has received a National Science Foundation Research Experience for U...


The National Science Foundation hereby awards a grant to SBES to support a Biomechanics REU summer program

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is for undergraduates interested in exploring a multiscale approach to biomechanical research. Students will be fully integrated into participating research groups and will experience hands-on lab research, group meetings, and close collabo...


Football helmet safety - Check your school's helmet rating

America's favorite sport is also one of the most dangerous ones you can play. As spectators, we love to watch a good tackle - especially for our young players. High school football has been consistently shown in studies to be the sport with the highest concussion rate. ...


NFL, players see progress in tackling concussions

Fans watching Sunday's Super Bowl can count on seeing long passes, big tackles and dramatic running plays. They should not see a player lying prone on the field after the sickening crack of a helmet-to-helmet hit, thanks to an NFL effort to reduce player concussions. ...


Football helmet design can lower concussion risk, study finds

As the Super Bowl approaches on Sunday, more and more attention is being paid to the concussion epidemic surrounding the game of football. During the 2013 regular season, NFL players suffered a total of 121 concussions, equating to more than seven concussions per week. ...


New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

Football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions, according to a new study by some of the nation's leading concussion researchers published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. ...


Will football embrace sensors for concussion research? Hit Count certification program is created

The day when football consistently tracks head hit counts like baseball measures pitch counts took another step toward reality. The Sports Legacy Institute, arguably the most powerful group associated with concussion safety, announced today the Hit Count Certification Program to evaluat...