A new helmet construction technology rolled out by Trek and Bontrager will certainly be acclaimed for its innovative approach.
The helmet namely WaveCel is said to be 48 times more powerful than the EPS foam in avoiding concussions. WaveCel will not bid goodbye to EPS foam but some amount of it will surely reduce.
Dr. Steve Madey, an orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Michael Bottlang, a biomedical engineer together worked on developing WaveCel for four years. This was not the first time they collaborated; they have worked on other projects for more than two decades that are related to fracture care and head injuries.
WaveCel team tested 3 styles of helmets: a CONTROL helmet which has only EPS foam, a MIPS helmet which is also called SLIP and the last one WaveCel helmet which is also referred to as CELL.
According to WaveCel’s peer-reviewed study, “SLIP helmets significantly reduced the probability of sustaining AIS 2 brain injury compared to CONTROL helmets in all impact scenarios, with reductions ranging from 32% to 91%. CELL helmets significantly reduced P (AIS 2) compared to CONTROL helmets in all impact scenarios, with reductions ranging from 81% to 98%.”
The WaveCel helmet’s features are alluring and seem to be quite promising. It probably has the potential to avoid concussions better.