MIPS Is An Ingredient the NHL and NFL Might Be Adding to Their Menus
One of the biggest topics in sports today is about concussions and brain injuries. While it seems the medical community has been studying and improving the treatment for such injuries some of the major sports leagues not yet caught up to the technology that’s out there. Enter MIPS.
Sweden seems to be the leader in the R&D part of this equation. And that’s where this story begins.
“Hans von Holst (Professor of Neuronic Engineering) was frustrated at the Stockholm Brain Institute. He wasn’t sure why there isn’t a better system for head protection. They mapped head injuries. They charted rotational impact. The current helmets do little or anything to protect the brain from concussion. So over the course this period in research and development and MIPS came in to diffuse energy to reduce angular impact,” said Ken Yaffe who was recently appointed to a North American advisory board for MIPS.
MIPS is an ingredient brand. It could be available to a range of manufactures.
“The Ski and snowboard industry, soon the motorcycle market segment and we are poised to enter the hockey and American football market. Currently, we are very focused on hockey,” said the former NHL Senior VP/International.
In the past there have been some other, safer, helmet solutions that have failed for a lot of reasons, but at times players rejected them for one reason or another. Sometimes the looks kept players from wearing them.
“No, this is a low friction liner will not impede helmets. While certain modifications may be made to the exterior helmets, while I don’t know this, to improve the MIPS performance. The exterior of the shell doesn’t have to be modified to accommodate MIPS.”
So helmets with MIPS won’t really change on the outside but the question is have players tested this yet in any kind of competition?
“It’s all been done in the lab so far,” Yaffe added. “We’ve had hockey players with helmets on with the liner on, but nobody’s played with it yet.”
Sweden has long been an innovator in safety and medical technology and now they could help athletes around the world protect this vital organ.
The next question that will come up when parents start to find out more about MIPS. How much more will I have to pay for one of these helmets?
“It should not increase the cost by more than 15%. I think parents would pay exponentially to add to the safety of their kids’ helmets,”said Yaffe. “We have a lot of work to do to help people understand the theory, conduct further testing, and modify and improve what we have.”
The equestrian helmet that was shown looked the same and I’ve worn a few so this ingredient should catch on and be a big success down the road.
“There are manufacturers that have adopted this technology already. We’re not rolling it out for the first time. I think it’s an educational process. I think player safety is the most important issue the NFL faces today. I think over time this will be resolved between the parties, Yaffe stated. “I’m a hockey parent and running a hockey camp in Finland this summer. I understand the issue and it threatens the very nature of the game.”
Yaffe is passionate about this product and he’s extremely well versed when he describes it and how it can help prevent some concussions. You can’t expect a product to prevent concussions 100% of the time. He recently talked to the IIHF and that’s a big step. This is a product that should make parents sleep easier at night in the future.