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Football helmet

  1. Dec 21, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I am looking for safety features in the design of a football helmet that can be explained using physics terms. for instance, kinetic motion, etc...

    2. The attempt at a solution

    The different designs of cages on football helmets. Also, how the padding on the inside works to spread out the force onto a greater surface area.

    Thank you for your help with my problem :D
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 2, 2008 #2
    well, paul.

    to begin answering your question, i would have to know which kind of helmet you are using. so if you can help me out with that, i can get right on answering your question
  4. Jan 2, 2008 #3
    on question 1, are you just looking for explanations on how a football helmet works?

    such as the regidity (sp) of the outer casing of the helmet spreading the force of impact over a larger surface area, reducing the damage to a given area.
    Or, the padding on the inside of the helmet absorbes some of the energy of an impact, which would otherwise be turned into kenetic energy transfered to a skull. this lowers the accelerations felt by the brain during an impact, and therefore lowers the risk of concussion.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2008
  5. Jan 2, 2008 #4
    Thank you very much. I am looking for ways to explain how a football helmet works to keep the user safe using physics terms.
  6. Jan 2, 2008 #5
    i think it is clear kathy that the helmet in which i am referring to is a football helmet. I thought it was obvious since it was in the thread title. Maybe you should read before you post; you're such a noob.
  7. Jan 2, 2008 #6
    lol paul, i did you a favour - i put your post up again.. otherwise noone would have seen it..

    instead of calling me unfriendly names you should be thanking me
  8. Jan 2, 2008 #7
    you're right kathy. you're the greatest physics buddy i've ever had :D!
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