The sport of polo receives a much needed safety upgrade with the 'Armis' polo helmet, designed to help better protect players from head injuries.
Designed by Loughborough University student Robin Spicer, this prototype polo helmet was inspired by the the high risk nature of a sport which may seem prim and proper. In actuality, polo has a 64 percent rate of all its injuries classified as major. Looking to upgrade a design that hadn't seen a major overhaul in around 100 years, Spicer's prototype features a crumple zone to reduce impact, a flexible peak and a low friction inner layer that mimics the brain's own internal protection system.
Perhaps most intriguing is the smart technology capabilities of the 'Armis." A built-in crash sensor syncs to an app that can eventually be programmed to detect, record and even report if a player has received a blow to the head and may require medical attention.