The Testing

Proven to reduce head injury due to blunt force impact.

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Head Injury Criteria

Head Injury Criteria (HIC) measures the potential for head injury.

The HIC was developed for the automobile industry as it was assessing the use of seat belts, harnesses and air bags. The HIC standard for helmets is 250. Most helmets don’t come close to this measurement—they range well above 280 and many older helmets are in the 600 to 1000 range. When the ProTech cover is placed on a helmet, the HIC ranges in the 230 to 250 range + or – 10.


Dr. Kevin E. Crutchfield

Kevin E. Crutchfield, M.D., serves as director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge Health in the Baltimore, MD area. A stroke neurologist, Dr. Crutchfield is a internationally known expert on concussions and traumatic brain injury. He is also an independent neurologist for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, MLB’s Baltimore Orioles and MLS’s D.C. United. He played a leading role in helping gain passage of a landmark youth sports concussion law in Maryland.

The importance of redirecting force

ProTech’s patented soft shell solution has been proven to absorb and dissipate energy for the reduction of injury due to blunt force trauma. Dr.Crutchfield, member of DYH’s Medical Advisory Committee, observes that, “It is critical to mitigate the effects of trauma for player safety in all athletics where contact is part of the game. How can we redirect force from going into the brain and away from the brain to protect it from the cumulative effect of repetitive injuries? I am impressed with DYH’s interest in improving the science behind the issue of kinetic force and in working and reworking with different materials to get a better product to diffuse the force around the head.”

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