Donate to the research

The Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings are an independent project that would greatly benefit from your donation. The ratings are independent of all manufacturers, and we need donations to continue and grow the information. Funds are used to purchase the helmets, testing equipment, and to perform the experiments. We can accept donations from individuals, companies or organizations that are interested in helping this project.

All donations are tax-deductable.

To make a donation, you can send a check made out to the "Virginia Tech Foundation" and be sure to note "Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings" in the memo section or in an accompanying letter.

Mail to:

Helmet Lab
Virginia Tech
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
313 Kelly Hall, 325 Stanger Street MC 0298
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-8191 with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Ten-Year Plan

Outlining the future of STAR ratings in multiple categories.
view the plan (PDF)

Hockey STAR: A Methodology for Assessing the Biomechanical Performance of Hockey Helmets

2016 Helmet Ratings Symposium: Agenda

Recent News


Hard-hitting research: Virginia Tech research has revolutionized the sports helmet industry

It kicked off with little more than two self-described sports nuts who had an idea, $50,000 in good-faith cash, and a cooperative future hall-of-fame college football coach.



Outside Online: We Designed the World's Safest Helmet

Helmet ratings referenced in a piece on a theoretical, highly effective, best-case-scenario helmet for bicyclists.


News archive

Note: Any player in any sport can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection.  This analysis is based on data trends and probabilities, and therefore a specific person’s risk may vary.  This variation is likely dominated by genetic differences, health history, and impact factors such as muscle activation.