Date

12-2013

Degree Name

BS in Business Administration

Department

Industrial Technology

Advisor(s)

Jay Singh

Abstract

College and NFL football teams are focusing their efforts on protecting players more than ever before. With the recent attention on concussions and the troubling long-term effects of head injuries, more research is needed to find ways to ensure players have the adequate protection. The helmets being used have a hard polycarbonate shell with four inner pads that fit tight to the player’s head. These pads are filled with air.

The purpose of the testing and project is to find an ideal air pressure that helmets need to maintain in order to protect the player to the best of its ability. If anyone is going to play tackle football, it is critical to protect his or her brain and keep the helmet at the best pressure possible.

The helmets will be dropped on seven different locations and the amount of shock will be recorded on each location and at ten different air pressures ranging between 0-3 psi. Graphs and tables will provide an easy solution for the collected data. The concluded information will be provided to the Cal Poly football team, as well as other teams in California.

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