Cricketing Head Injury Analysis and Conceptual Prevention Design

Hawkins, Matthew (2017) Cricketing Head Injury Analysis and Conceptual Prevention Design. [USQ Project]


Cricket is a popular past time enjoyed by thousands around the world. It’s widely considered a non-contact sport and is often the preferred sport parents chose to register their children in. However, in recent times several high-profile injuries have resulted in players and parents questioning the widely considered safety in the sport. In particular, injuries sustained whilst wearing approved helmets have attracted government action to review international helmet standards.

Current British standards specify a standardized air cannon testing method involving firing a regular cricket ball at a helmet at 60mph. This report examines the adequacy of such a specification through both analytical and experimental approaches. Subsequently, design parameters are developed for the consideration and development of an injury preventative device to protect against blunt force trauma to the neck during the game of cricket.

A conceptual design was developed to ensure wearability and maintenance of range of motion. This design defined the maximum physical constraints of the model. Current impact attenuating materials used in the industry were examined, selected, and iteratively analysed using finite element simulations. The final design specification includes the use of a thin carbon fibre skin and D30-Lite-B impact attenuating foam to reduce ball to neck velocity by 95%.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science (Biology)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Snook, Chris
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 04:18
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 04:18

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