Getting To Grips With MIPS

MIPS or ‘Multi-Directional Impact Protection System’ is a new addition to equestrian safety wear, having originated in cycling and snow sports. Following 10 years of research into the benefits of MIPS in our helmets, we’re delighted to launch the brand new Champion MIPS collection, designed to provide an extra aspect of protection on top of the 5 standard test requirements for your riding helmet. But what exactly does that mean? Read on to find out…

The inspiration behind MIPS

Patrik Egervall, Equestrian Manager at MIPS was a guest speaker at our recent open day where the new Champion test lab was officially opened. During his talk, Egervall started with a worrying statement from Michael Turner, M.B.B.S., FFSEM, M.D. who was chief medical advisor to the British Horseracing Authority and currently serves as the medical director of the International Concussion And Head Injury Research Foundation that “Horsey people need to understand they have the highest rates of concussion, in any sport, anywhere in the world. Five riders sustain head injuries on a weekly basis and one out of nine people with a concussion must deal with permanent damages”.

Such statistics are the inspiration behind MIPS, a revolutionary technology that mimics the protective properties in the human brain and adds a layer of protection against rotational impacts, which is often the underlying reason for a concussion.

What does MIPS do?

MIPS Brain Protection System is a low friction layer which allows 10-15mm movement in all directions designed to redirect rotational forces.

According to the MIPS research centre, injury statistics show that when you fall and hit your head, it’s more common to fall at an angle rather than at a linear trajectory. 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.

MIPS is now available in 11 styles of Champion hats and helmets, offering additional protection to the already high level of protection offered by Champion’s extensive product range.