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The Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet technology is amongst the first of its kind in the world. It has being subjected to peer-review at scientific and engineering conferences and in appropriate journals. Learn more about the science and the engineering behind Pro-Neck-Tor™ by reading the papers and theses below detailing the testing methods developed to evaluate the Pro-Neck-Tor™ design and results to date.


PhD thesis of Dr. Timothy Nelson:

This thesis outlines the physical rationale for the Pro-Neck-Tor ™ helmet design and reports on the construction and mechanical evaluation of the first generation prototype.


Perspective: Protecting the Neck:

In this paper, published in the journal Nature, Dr. Cripton describes the role that the Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet could play in preventing neck injuries and some of the complementary research in his lab and other labs that point the way to the importance of a helmet to prevent cervical spine fractures in head first impact.


Development of an Advanced Football Helmet to Provide Increased Protection against Concussion:

This paper, published in the peer-reviewed American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) STP 1552 reports on the ability of a 2nd generation prototype of the Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet, incorporated into a commercial football helmet, to lower linear and rotational accelerations in comparison to a standard commercial football helmet without the Pro-Neck-Tor™ components.


A New Biofidelic Sagittal Plane Surrogate Neck for Head-First Impacts:

This paper, published in the peer-reviewed journal: Traffic Injury Prevention, contains details about the mechanical head and neck model used during the development of Pro-Neck-Tor™. An evaluation of its biofidelity and its performance as a model for the human head and neck is included in its contents.


Inducing Head Motion with a Novel Helmet during Head-First Impact Can Mitigate Neck Injury Metrics: An Experimental Proof-of-Concept Investigation using Mechanical Surrogates:

Proceedings of the 2008 International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, Bern, Switzerland. This paper, published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the IRCOBI conference, contains details on the performance of the Pro-Neck-Tor™'s double-shell design using a 1st generation mechanical prototype helmet. Mechanical testing was conducted to determine the extent to which the design reduced the mechanical loads on the neck of the surrogate head and neck system that is described in the paper above.


A helmet for prevention and mitigation of spinal column and spinal cord injuries in Head First Impacts:

This white paper presents an evaluation of the performance of Pro-Neck-Tor™'s double-shell design using the a mechanical prototype helmet. Mechanical testing was conducted to determine the extent to which the design reduced the mechanical loads on the neck of the surrogate head and neck system that is described in the white paper above.


A Biofidelic Surrogate Neck for Axial Impacts:

This white paper contains details about the mechanical head and neck model used during the development of Pro-Neck-Tor™. An evaluation of its biofidelity and its performance as a model for the human head and neck is included in its contents.



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