The National Football League (NFL) and Football Research, Inc. (FRI) today announced the winner of HeadHealthTECH Challenge V, the latest in the TECH Challenge series, which is operated on behalf of FRI by Duke University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI): Congratulations, Cardiff University! Cardiff offers a unique metamaterial designed using complex computer simulations to achieve optimal performance. Advanced 3D printing materials and technologies then provides the potential to manufacture helmet liner pads that achieve more effective cushioning across a range of collisions. This is an exciting moment for the HeadHealthTECH and PlaySmartPlaySafe program, as Cardiff represents the first international winner.
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The TECH Challenge series is part of the NFL’s Engineering Roadmap—a $60-million comprehensive effort to spur advances in helmet technology and equipment. The series is operated and managed on behalf of FRI by Duke University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI).
For HeadHealthTECH Challenge V, a panel of expert judges selected by Duke CTSI, in collaboration with FRI, reviewed and provided feedback on all proposals. Every TECH Challenge applicant receives constructive feedback from Duke CTSI biomechanical experts to help refine innovations and increase chances for success on future submissions. HeadHealthTECH Challenge VI proposals are currently under review.
Information about TECH Challenges and the process for making a submission can be found at: www.PlaySmartPlaySafe.com/HeadHealthTECH.
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As part of greater NFL Engineer Roadmap, the NFL and Biocore recently announced the release of finite element model of the 2017 Vicis 01 Helmet Model (Safety Equipment Institute Model 01). The model can be downloaded from the Biocore resources website here.