|Project Summary||Project Information|
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Concussions make up a major portion of injuries in rugby, and can keep players out of games for weeks. Our team intends to reduce the amount of concussions by redesigning a scrum cap (one of the few types of gear allowed during rugby besides a mouthguard), so that any hits to a player’s head in practice or in a game are reduced. A scrum cap is a piece of equipment that a player may wear on their head to protect their head and ears from soft tissue injury. It is currently not designed to protect the player from any concussions, which is what many people believe it should do. We intend to add this feature to enhance current designs.
“About 1,200 people suffer head injuries while playing rugby each year. About two-thirds of these injuries are either concussion or brain injuries.” - CONCUSSION STATISTICS
“Padded headgear does not reduce the rate of head injury or concussion. The low compliance rates are a limitation. Although individuals may choose to wear padded headgear, the routine or mandatory use of protective headgear cannot be recommended.” - LACK OF PREVENTION
Our motivation for solving this problem is that half of us are members of the RIT Women’s Football Rugby team, and we have seen many of our teammates affected by concussions, ranging from minor ones that last a few weeks, to major ones that have ceased play for some of our friends permanently. Our goal is to build a scrum cap that players can wear that will reduce the risk of concussion while remaining within the strict dimensional and material standards that USA rugby requires gear to adhere to (see below).
A product similar to our goal (known as the N-Pro) was developed and released in late 2016. This scrum cap is claimed to prevent concussion, but World Rugby has stated that it does not currently comply with World Rugby Regulation 12 or Law 4. Our design and idea is different from their design, and we also plan to design and work with the world rugby regulations, as that is our main concern.
We also may investigate a change to the style of the scrum cap, which is has a reputation for making a player look “daft”, which is quite a reason why many players choose not to wear one. If we can fix this too, then the device is more likely to be used by those who need it.
MSD Team Photo Week 1 Andrew Draveck, Akane Fujimoto, Caroline Kruse, Rachel Baumgarten, Jamie Lucarelli & Eric Iverson
|Caroline Kruse||Lead Engineer: Materialsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jamie Lucarelli||Finance and Operations Manageremail@example.com|
|Rachel Baumgarten||Quality Engineer and Communicationsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Akane Fujimoto||Project Manageremail@example.com|
|Eric Iverson||Lead Engineer: Human Experiencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andrew Draveck||Design Engineeremail@example.com|
Work Breakdown: By Phase
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Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)
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Design Review Documents
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- Dr. Elizabeth Debartolo
- William Nowak
- Coach Clare Canavan