The ability of headbands to protect the head during heading of a soccer ball was studied. A magnesium head form was instrumented with four tri-axial accelerometers and subjected to impact with a soccer ball. Tests were performed at three ball speeds (9, 12, 15 m/s) with no headband and with four commercially available headbands. The accelerations from all sensors (12 acceleration components) were used to estimate linear acceleration of the center of mass and angular acceleration of the head form. The ball speed affected linear and angular acceleration greatly, but the headbands did not.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2510-2511
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS) - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2002Oct 26 2002


  • Head injury
  • Head protection
  • Heading
  • Soccer


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