Larger helmet could guard against brain injury to troops
By Published: April 17, 2011
Adding an eighth of an inch in cushion to U.S. Army helmets could reduce the risk of brain injury to soldiers, according to a new study reported on by USA Today.
The study was conducted by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, who found that the added padding could decrease the force of an impact to the skull by 24 percent.
Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, outgoing commander of the Army office that equips soldiers, said the results are encouraging and "possibly worth fielding on a limited and experimental basis with a brigade of soldiers" pending more research and validation of the results, according to the story.
Last summer, battlefield doctors in Afghanistan diagnosed more than 300 troops every month with concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries.