Kollide football helmet entered the NFL Helmet Challenge

The Kollide-ÉTS team will have until July 2021, when the NFL Helmet Challenge culminates, to manufacture and submit its prototype. The NFL will perform a series of impact tests on all submitted prototypes and select the most effective helmet. This helmet will set the new safety benchmarks for all future helmets worn by professional football players, and the winning team will receive one million dollars.

To meet this challenge, the four constituent companies of the Kollide consortium as well as researchers Éric Wagnac and Yvan Petit, from ÉTS, will work on a design composed of innovative pads produced by 3D printing and equipped with unique and patented three-dimensional structures that absorb and redirect the impact. The team’s expertise in virtual design will make it possible to customize the shape of these pads on the head of each player on the basis of a simple 3D scan, for an optimal fit. From a design point of view, the team will rely on digital simulation to optimize the efficiency of the helmet and virtually test a large number of designs without the need to make physical prototypes. An innovative and multidisciplinary approach based on an open innovation ecosystem (also called living lab) will also be employed in order to integrate future professional football players, coaches, equipment managers, neuropsychologists, sports therapists and others into the creative process. other players in the development of an improved football helmet.

“We are very proud to have the support of the NFL in the development of the Kollide football helmet. This is a unique opportunity to expand our research and development activities and produce a greater number of prototypes, but above all, to better protect players. in the field ”, explains Franck Le Navéaux, project coordinator. In addition, the team can count on the financial support of the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation, which awarded a grant through the MEDTEQ + Consortium for innovation in health technologies.

“As a researcher, it is always gratifying to see his ideas enthusiastically received by the industry. In this case, you can imagine how proud we are: four partners from the private sector have agreed to embark on this adventure, as well as a partner and a sports organization, ”adds Éric Wagnac, researcher at ÉTS.

“We are delighted that Kollide’s draft has been selected for the NFL Helmet Challenge, which will significantly reduce the risk of concussion among players. Innovation in the health sector is possible, in particular, thanks to advances in risk prevention. This is why we have chosen to finance this project ”, explains Diane Côté, President and CEO of MEDTEQ.+.

Remember that some 46,000 sports-related concussions are diagnosed each year in Canada, with the number of cases in United States to 3.8 million. Football is the sport that causes the most concussions. This has been a major safety issue for the NFL since the ’90s, a decade in which the league has seen a wave of early retirements among its players, many of whom have been diagnosed with encephalopathy. chronic traumatic, a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repeated beatings. in the head.

About Kollide (kollide.ca)

Tactix (https://tactixgw.com) is a MontrealIndustrial design company with a long experience in the development of high performance equipment for sports, health and safety.

Numalogics (https://numalogics.com) is developing a unique laboratory for virtual tests that assess the biomechanical interactions between humans and their equipment or devices, in the fields of health, sport and defense. Its digital simulation approach will optimize the efficiency of the Kollide helmet for realistic playing conditions.

3D shape change (https://www.shapeshift3d.com) provides software that automatically adjusts medical, protective or sports products to each individual’s 3D scan.

Kupol (https://www.kupol.ca) was the first company to design a fully 3D printed bicycle helmet. A unique trellis structure enhances the safety benefits of the helmet.

About ÉTS
The École de technologie supérieure is one of the ten components of the Université du Québec network. It trains engineers and researchers recognized for their practical and innovative approach, the development of new technologies and their ability to transfer their knowledge to companies. Almost a quarter of Quebec engineers are graduates of ÉTS, which has 11,000 students, including 2,650 in graduate and post-graduate studies. ÉTS specializes in applied training and engineering research and maintains a unique partnership with the business community and with industry. For more information, please visit etsmtl.ca.

MEDTEQ+ (www.medteq.ca )’s mission is to accelerate the development of innovative technological solutions to improve the health and quality of life of patients. MEDTEQ+ supports the validation of these technologies, their integration into the health system and their impact, both locally and globally, by bringing together the complementary skills of industrial and academic partners with those of healthcare providers. MEDTEQ+ is counting on the financial support of the government of Quebec, the government of Canada (delivered by the Centers of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR)), the private sector and complementary partners to foster research-industry relations.

SOURCE School of Higher Technology

For further information: ÉTS, Chantal Crevier, [email protected], 514-396-8800, ext. 7893; Kollide, Amélie Poirier-Borduas, [email protected], Shapeshift3D, 514-222-1273; MEDTEQ +, Océane Fargeas, [email protected], MEDTEQ +, 514-398-0896, ext. 2309

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