Award Date

December 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Douglas Reynolds

Second Committee Member

Brendan Otoole

Third Committee Member

William Culbreth

Fourth Committee Member

Samaan Laskany

Number of Pages



Concussions in organized sports can have detrimental short-term and long-term effects on player’s health. The focus of this research is the development of a new state of the art test and certification standard for protective headgear. Baseball helmets and soccer soft headgear were used in these tests, but the ultimate goal is to create a universal set of test guidelines for all types of protective headgear. Modifications to current test standards outlined by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) employed the use of a pendulum impactor, which facilitated additional measurements during head impact tests using a NOCSAE headform. This additional data will allow researchers to more accurately characterize the effects of head impacts from sports related objects. This will not only serve to better characterize the effectiveness of currently available protective headgear but will also serve as a means to justify and standardize test protocols for evaluating the effectiveness of protective headgear used in sports where none is currently mandated.


Mechanical Engineering

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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