Virginia Tech researchers release safety ratings for kids’ helmets


Here’s some welcome news for parents of young football players and kids who wear helmets.

Virginia Tech researchers have released new safety ratings for youth helmets. The ratings are based on the researchers’ head impact studies of football, hockey, soccer and bicycle helmets.

Seven models earned the highest rating of five stars and the rest earned ratings of three or four.

Each helmet went through 48 tests on dummies. The tests included four impact locations and were conducted at three speeds.

Researchers discovered that lower-rated helmets tended to have front pads that were too stiff.

See the complete ratings for youth football helmets and other sports here.

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