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

  • 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.
  • Hockey STAR Methodology 

    Begonia, Mark; Tyson, Abigail M.; Rowson, Bethany; Rowson, Steven (Virginia Tech, 2020-12-04)
    This document details the protocol used by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings to rate hockey helmets based on concussion risk.
  • Flag Football Headgear STAR Protocol 

    Begonia, Mark; 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; 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; 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.