Science of the Olympic Winter Games: Safety Gear (Mixed Sports)
Safety Gear (Mixed Sports): As athletes push themselves to their limits and sometimes crash or
collide, they rely on protective gear to keep them safe. NSF-funded
scientists Katharine Flores, an associate professor in the
Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State
University, and Melissa Hines, the director of the Cornell University
Center for Materials Research, explain the physics of a collision and exactly how this gear, especially safety helmets, works to prevent injury.