The Virginia Tech researchers responsible for the STAR rating system for football helmets have been using the same impact tracking technology on youth football players. The researchers collected data on their own football team for several years in an effort to track the number and force of impacts the players encountered during practices and games. This research lead to the eventual testing of helmets which created the rating system.

The new research is focusing on youth football and eventually will lead to the rating of youth helmets. While the original research was groundbreaking, the new study may actually impact even more athletes worldwide because of the number of youth athletes is much higher than in college sports.

You can read more about the youth concussions study here.