Ratings in development

Currently, the ten-year plan accounts for development of ratings in these areas:

  • Head impact sensors
  • Soccer
  • Bicycle helmets
  • Lacrosse helmets
  • Construction helmets


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.