What is MIPS ?
MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. MIPS is a brain protection system — engineered to add protection to helmets The MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is found inside the helmet, underneath the lining. For certain impacts, the MIPS BPS can reduce harmful forces transmitted to the brain.
Why do I need MIPS?
Injury statistics show that when you fall and hit your head, it’s most common to fall at an angle, compared to a linear fall. Falling at an angle creates rotational motion and science has shown that our brains are very sensitive to rotational forces. In an angled impact, these forces may transfer to your brain, which can cause severe injuries. The MIPS BPS can reduce the rotational motion and reduce the risk of brain damage. During an angled impact, rotational motion can cause strain to the brain tissue, which may lead to severe brain injuries. When you have suffered a concussion or even more serious damage to the brain, rotational motion to the brain is the most likely cause. The MIPS BPS allows the head to move inside the helmet which can reduce the harmful rotational motion otherwise transferred to the brain. When the rotational force is redirected, the risk of strain to the brain tissue is reduced. After conducting more than 31,000 tests, and moreover being validated and confirmed by third party testing, we know that the MIPS BPS adds protection at certain types of impacts.
How does MIPS work?
The MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is designed to add protection against rotational motion transferred to the brain. Rotational motion affects the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. When implemented in a helmet, the MIPS BPS can reduce rotational motion by redirecting energies and forces otherwise transferred to the brain. The core of the MIPS BPS is a low friction layer that allows the head to move 10-15 mm relative the helmet in all directions, reducing rotational motion to the brain. The MIPS BPS makes your helmet safer and adds protection.
A Helmet with or without MIPS?
The illustration is based on data gathered using sensors inside the crash test dummy heads. The dummy head, wearing a helmet, was subjected to an angled impact in a test rig at the MIPS lab in Sweden. The illustration shows the strain in the brain from an angled impact when the dummy head is wearing the same type of helmet – with and without the MIPS BPS. All Back on Track Helmets contain the MIPS technology. EQ3 riding helmets have received the best award in tests on Folksam's test of riding helmets for 2018.