Helmet helper

Gel-filled liner absorbs energy of impacts, may reduce sports-related head injuries

By Sid Perkins, 17:21 PM May 15, 2012

There’s no such thing as a good smack to the head.

Whether you ski down a mountain, play football, or skate with the big boys on a hockey rink, you’re at risk of a sports-related head injury. But the statistics of injuries related to bicycling are what inspired Claire Longcroft, a 16-year-old 11th-grader at Collingwood School in West Vancouver, British Columbia, to design an energy-absorbing liner for helmets.

In cycling accidents, she notes, riders strike their heads about 38 percent of...

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