Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort

Ruben Broekhuizen, Tim De Rydt, Eric Lutters, Roland Ten Klooster, Guido De Bruyne

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    Bicycle helmets help reducing head injuries in cycling accidents, but they are not always popular. Discomfort is a major barrier for bicycle helmet use. Improper anthropometric design of the inner structure of a helmet can result in local peak pressure on the skin of the scalp. The purpose of this study was to examine the spatial variations in maximum allowed pressure on the head. Mean maximum allowed pressure on the head was 13,2N (SE 0,2) for females and 16,5N (SE 0,2) for men. The superior frontal area (19,4N, SE 0,7) and the central occipital area (18,3N, SE 0,7N) were the least sensitive areas for male test persons. For females, also the central occipital area had a low sensitivity. In contrast, the inferior frontal area was the most sensitive for men (12,4N SE 0,7N) and women (9,7N SE 0,8N). Headgear should avoid pressure points in areas with high sensitivity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics in Design
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA
    EditorsFrancisco Rebelo, Marcelo M. Soares
    Place of PublicationCham
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-94706-8
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-94705-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018 - Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando, United States
    Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 9

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


    Conference9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018
    Abbreviated titleAHFE
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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    • Head pressure sensitivity
    • Headgear
    • Human factors

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