A Simple but Enhanced Combat Helmet

Here is a low tech idea for prevention of the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, traumatic brain injury.  This article in the LA Times discusses how a minor change to the size and padding of the soldier’s helmets could significantly reduce the transfer of traumatic explosive forces to the brain.  Let’s hope our military leaders would prefer this to one more kazillion dollar jet or submarine.  Enjoy:

Tweaked helmet would better protect our troops

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

April 24, 2011

A slightly larger helmet with more foam padding would better protect soldiers and Marines from traumatic brain injury, researchers find. The Department of Defense says that more than 130,000 military personnel have suffered such injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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