Has anyone else tested the MIPS Patented Brain Protection System?

tomas

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has performed its own third party tests of snow, bike, and equestrian helmets and the results have supported MIPS’ safety claims. Consumer Reports in US and SP, the Technical Research Institute of Sweden, joined forces with Test Fakta, an independent editorial entity that tests all kind of consumer products, to perform a third party test. … Read More

What kind of head is used inside the helmet?

tomas

We use a Hybrid III dummy head made out of aluminium covered with a rubber skin. This type of dummy head is the same as used in testing within the automotive industry.

How is MIPS tested and validated?

tomas

A helmet is approved by testing the helmet at between 6.0-7.5m/s at a 45 degree impact angle against grinding paper. Three different impact sites are tested. The same helmet model is compared with and without the MIPS system.

What specific mechanisms does MIPS protect against?

tomas

MIPS has been proven to reduce the rotational motion from angled impacts when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain. By a small movement in the low friction layer relative to the helmet (10 – 15 mm) at the brief moment of an angled impact ([5 – 10] milliseconds), MIPS lets … Read More

Does MIPS interfere with the current standards?

tomas

No, all the tests done with MIPS-equipped helmets and non-MIPS-equipped helmets show that they perform the same under vertical impacts. In some cases, the helmet with MIPS may show slightly better results due to having more material between the skull and the impact surface.

Does the hair and scalp have the same functionality as MIPS?

tomas

The force between the head and the helmet is very high at the event of an impact. To get a relative motion between the helmet and the head, a low coefficient of friction is needed. The scalp may help to reduce the rotational motion to the brain in a small way, but not to a substantive degree.

Does MIPS influence fit, look, and comfort?

tomas

The MIPS low-friction layer is designed to add minimal volume and weight. Each model of helmet gets a layer that’s custom designed and engineered to fit the ventilation, shape, and other features of the helmet style. Those helmets that are retrofitted with MIPS might see a reduction in helmet size by one size. New models will not be affected in … Read More

How does rotational energy affect the brain?

tomas

Several researchers have linked severe brain injuries like Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) and Subdural Hematoma (SDH) to rotational motion transmitted to the brain from angled impacts. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) or concussion is also believed to be caused by rotational motion.

Why is rotational motion dangerous?

tomas

It is known that the human head is more sensitive to rotational motion than linear motion. From an engineering perspective, rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces (angular acceleration) that both affect the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. The reason that the brain is more sensitive to rotational … Read More

What is Rotational Motion?

tomas

Rotational motion, in these cases, is the result of an angled impact to the head. A quick, sudden, abrupt stop, will cause the brain to move or stretch. This happens mainly due to the brain’s suspension in the cerebrospinal fluid and because the brain itself has shear properties similar to water.

Which helmets can use MIPS? Is it exclusive to any brand?

tomas

MIPS is designed to have the ability to be fitted into almost any helmet on the market. Our team of engineers work closely with the brands to produce a low friction layer that has minimal impact on the basic functionality of the helmets such as ventilation, comfort, and fit. Once fitted into the helmet, we at MIPS perform a thorough … Read More

Some say MIPS has become big only thanks to strong marketing efforts, is that true?

tomas

Though MIPS has grown very fast over the last couple of years, it started as a team of researchers focused on research and development. The success behind the sudden rise of MIPS is due to the ongoing focus on research, development, and communicating the dangers of rotational motion injuries. We invest in materials that help our partners and their consumers … Read More

Is MIPS developed by a helmet company?

tomas

No, MIPS was started by scientific and medical researchers with a passion for safety and making a product that possibly could make helmets safer.

Where is MIPS from and when did it start?

tomas

In 1995, the Swedish brain surgeon Hans von Holst from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm began to explore how helmets in general were constructed based on the belief that the inferior protection helmets offered led to consequences for too many people who had suffered head trauma wearing helmets. Hans von Holst contacted the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm … Read More

Where can I see my MIPS layer?

tomas

Initially, the MIPS layer was found between the helmet’s shell and the EPS/foam helmet filling. More recent and common versions have the MIPS layer underneath the EPS, between the helmet and the head. This is the most common low friction layer on the market today.