The research will contribute to the reduction of head and facial injuries in sport by developing a surrogate headform that incorporates a lower jaw. The work will build on existing world-leading research completed at the Sports Technology Institute into head and neck surrogates for the injury assessment of sporting impacts. Head injuries in sport are a major focal point of governing bodies, universities, and brands, and upon successful completion of the PhD the student will be well-equipped to make a major contribution to safety in sport in one of these organisations.
The project will develop a surrogate headform with an articulated lower jaw that will allow the assessment of sporting impacts to the head and face. The headform will enable the use of a helmet and gumshield to assess their effect on potential outcomes, enabling the improvement of safety regulations and development of improved personal protective equipment.