THE LAT­EST IN­NO­VA­TION

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!son go­ing re­search into brain in Ju­ries yields in­for­ma­tion on how to pre­vent them hel­met tech­nol­ogy is con­tin­u­ing to de­velop too

/ne of the newer in­no­va­tions is -)P3 tech­nol­ogy which stands for multi di­rec­tional im­pact pro­tec­tion sys­tem! s they are de­signed to­day rid­ing hel­mets pro­tect the head against lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tion that is a straight blow with­out twist­ing forces "ut when a rider hits the ground the head mo­tion is al­most never purely lin­ear in­stead there are ro­ta­tion al forces at work too as the rid­ers body con­tin­ues its mo­men­tum af­ter the head strikes the sur­face Re­cent ad­vances into brain in Jury show that head ro­ta­tion is likely to cause or con­trib­ute to con­cus­sions )n hel­mets with -)P3 tech­nol­ogy the outer shell and foam line rare sep­a­rated by a low fric­tion layer which al­lows the outer shell to ro­tate in­de­pen­dently of the liner 4 he idea is that the move­ment within the hel­met should re­duce the ro­ta­tion al forces on the rider s head the abil­ity of the tech­nol­ogy to ac­tu­ally re­duce in Ju­ries in the leld is still be­ing eval­u­ated and hel­met man­u­fac­tur­ers are not yet re­quired to in­cor­po­rate - )P3 into their cur­rent lines

(ow­ever 3tephanie "onin Ph$ P% a mem­ber of the !34- head­gear and hel­met sub­com­mit­tee Ex­pects to see a ro­ta­tion al re­quire­ment in hel­mets across most sports in the ne X ts ever al year sh) ts pretty well ac­cepted that hel­met cer­til­ca­tion test­ing should in­clude a ro­ta­tion al test and the eques­trian hel­met might be one of the l rst sin­gle im­pact hel­mets to im­ple­ment it v

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