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MIPS Helmet Technology Mitigates Head Injuries

The patented Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is a revolutionary protection technology used to create the safest helmets on the market. Concussions are caused by angled impacts that create rotational violence to the brain, causing strain on the brain tissue. MIPS utilizes either a low friction layer on the inside of the helmet liner for inmold helmets or a low-friction layer between the outer shell and liner for hard shell/two piece helmets to absorb much of the energy created by both unilateral or oblique blows to the head.  By mimicking the brain’s own protective mechanisms, MIPS can significantly minimize brain injuries in connection with angled impacts and rotational violence.

Five biomechanical specialists from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden founded MIPS AB in 2001. The company was born out of 15 years of studies headed up by Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst.  The resulting product increases safety without dramatically changing helmet designs, manufacturing cost or weight. MIPS is currently employed in snow, bike and equestrian helmets including major brands POC Sports, SCOTT Sports, Sweet Protection, TSG, Lazer Sports and R.E.D.

“Our vision is that people worldwide see the MIPS technology as a non-negotiable ingredient in their helmets,” says MIPS CEO, Niklas Steenberg.  “This technology is globally patented and fully functional to be implemented into helmets for every kind of sport.”

Conventional helmets are designed and tested to protect against unidirectional force, thus only reducing straight translational energy, neglecting the more common angled impacts that can cause serious concussions and traumatic brain injuries. In computer modeling simulations and experimental tests the MIPS Brain Protection System has been found to reduce rotational acceleration of the brain with up to 50% compared to a conventional helmet.