The Importance of MIPS in Equestrian Helmets: How it Can Save Your Life

MIPS helmet

MIPS, which stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, is a technology that is designed to reduce the amount of rotational force that is transferred to the brain in the event of an impact. In a typical helmet, the foam padding inside the helmet is designed to compress and absorb the energy of an impact, but it doesn't do much to address rotational force. MIPS, on the other hand, is a low-friction layer that sits between the head and the helmet. In the event of an impact, this layer allows the helmet to rotate slightly around the head, which can reduce the rotational force that is transmitted to the brain.

MIPS explanation

The reason why this is important is that rotational force is a leading cause of brain injuries. When the head is hit at an angle, it can cause the brain to rotate inside the skull, which can lead to injuries like concussions and traumatic brain injuries. By reducing the amount of rotational force that is transferred to the brain, MIPS technology can help to reduce the risk of these types of injuries.

MIPS technology is now commonly used in a variety of helmets, including bike, snow, skateboarding, and yes equestrian helmets, it have been tested and proved to decrease the risk of brain injuries, especially in activities where the user is likely to fall from a height and land on their head.

Overall, the use of MIPS technology in equestrian helmets is a significant advancement in safety and it could make a big difference in the event of an accident. It is a great idea to check if the helmet you're using or planning to buy, is equipped with MIPS, it could end up saving your life.

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