The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab allows researchers to provide unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The helmet ratings are the culmination of over 10 years of research on head impacts in sports and identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk. Please contact the Helmet Lab with any questions about this research.

Recent Submissions

  • Equestrian STAR Methodology 

    Begonia, Mark T.; Miller, Barry; Rowson, Steven; Duma, Stefan M. (2022-12-06)
    This document details the protocol used to rate equestrian helmets based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
  • Equestrian Standards Helmet Impact Criteria 

    Helmet Lab (2022-12-06)
    A comparison sheet of standards for testing equestrian helmets.
  • Whitewater STAR Methodology 

    Duma, Brock; Begonia, Mark; Miller, Barry; Rowson, Steve; Duma, Stefan (2022-09-08)
    This document details the protocol used to rate whitewater helmets based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
  • Snow Sport Helmet STAR Protocol 

    Keim, Summer; Begonia, Mark T.; Kieffer, Emily E.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2022-02-11)
    This document details the protocol used by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings to rate snow sport helmets based on concussion risk.
  • Hockey STAR Methodology 

    Begonia, Mark T.; Tyson, Abigail M.; Rowson, Bethany M.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2022-02-08)
    This document details the protocol used by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings to rate hockey helmets based on concussion risk.
  • Implementing Head Impact Sensors in Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rugby: Successes and Challenges in Characterizing Concussion 

    Kieffer, Emily E.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2022-01-29)
    Head impact sensors allow researchers to learn more about human tolerance to head impact exposure and concussion. Previous on-field data collection has worked to quantify concussion biomechanics, based primarily on helmeted ...
  • Virginia Tech Hockey Helmet Ratings Memorandum 

    Rowson, Steven; Begonia, Mark T.; Rowson, Bethany M.; Duma, Stefan M. (Virginia Tech, 2022-01-25)
    This memorandum serves to reiterate the goals of the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, discuss the hockey helmet ratings, and announce an update to the exposure weightings and star thresholds used to rate hockey helmets.
  • STAR Methodology for Rugby Headgear 

    Kieffer, Emily E.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2021-07-13)
    This document details the protocol used to rate rugby headgear based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
  • Varsity Football STAR Methodology 

    Tyson, Abigail M.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2020-12)
    This document details the protocol used to rate adult football helmets based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
  • Flag Football Headgear STAR Protocol 

    Begonia, Mark T.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2019-06-30)
    This document details the protocol used to rate flag football headgear based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
  • Youth Football Helmet STAR Methodology 

    Campolettano, Eamon T.; Sproule, David W.; Begonia, Mark T.; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2019-03-19)
    This document details the protocol used by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings to rate youth football helmets based on concussion risk.
  • Bicycle Helmet STAR Protocol 

    Bland, Megan L.; McNally, Craig; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2018-06-25)
    This document details the protocol used to rate adult bicycle helmets based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
  • Soccer Headgear STAR Protocol 

    Tyson, Abigail M.; Press, Jaclyn; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2018-03-30)
    This document details the protocol used to rate soccer headgear based on concussion risk according to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings.