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Hear More on Virginia Tech Helmet Lab’s STAR Helmet Rating Project

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 7, 2023, 2:28 PM

Want to learn more about how the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab determined its first STAR (Summation of Tests for the Analysis of Risk) helmet ratings and what was surprising about some of the results?

In a recent episode of Noelle Floyd’s Equestrian Voices podcast, host Caroline Culbertson spoke with the Helmet Lab’s Director of Outreach and Business, Dr. Barry Miller, and with hunter/jumper rider and current medical student Sydney Moriarty, who assisted with the study.

The episode covers what the STAR rating means, how helmet companies are responding to the Helmet Lab’s research, how equestrian helmets compare to other sports’ helmets, the possibility of specific helmets for different disciplines and levels, and much more. Check out the study, including its methodology, here and watch Helmet Lab scientist Dr. Stefan Duma’s summary of how the final Equestrian STAR Ratings were determined.

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.