The headgear used in MMA competitions are known as “Headgear” or “MMA Headgear”. There are different types of head gear used in various sports. These include:
1) Full Face Helmet (FHF): A helmet with a chin strap which covers the entire forehead.
FHF is commonly worn by boxers, mixed martial artists and other combat athletes. They protect against concussions, cuts and other injuries caused by punches and kicks.
2) Boxing Headgear: A type of headgear made from a hard plastic material.
It protects the athlete’s head and neck from injury during fights.
3) Mixed Martial Arts Headgear: Made out of a soft fabric, it provides maximum comfort while fighting.
Aerodynamics of MMA Headgear:
The most common reason why fighters wear MMA headgear is to protect their heads when they fight. However, there are other reasons too. For example, some fighters prefer wearing MMA headgear because they believe that it makes them look more intimidating than if they wore regular boxing headgear. Some athletes think that the padding around their ears helps to prevent them from getting dizzy after a long bout of fighting.
In order to determine whether or not these claims are true, scientists have studied the aerodynamic properties of various types of headgear. To do this, they shoot various types of small projectiles at them in a wind tunnel. This allows them to measure the amount of drag caused by each type of headgear.
They found that there is practically no difference in the aerodynamics of different types of headgear. In other words, there is no scientific evidence that MMA headgear provides better protection than other types of headgear. Despite this finding, many fighters still believe that it does, and refuse to fight without it.
MMA headgear must be durable and provide maximum protection to the head and face of the athlete. It should also fit snuggly when strapped to the head. Some types of headgear are poor quality and won’t provide the necessary protection. It is important for coaches and trainers to provide their athletes with good quality MMA headgear.
Sources & references used in this article:
Protective headgear by SS Cho – US Patent 4,706,305, 1987 – Google Patents
Impact attenuation of protective boxing and taekwondo headgear by MM Moffitt – 1995 – University of California, Berkeley
Retention system for headgear by DM O’Sullivan, GP Fife – European journal of sport science, 2016 – Taylor & Francis
Soft shell protective head gear and fabrication method by D Piper, W Cleveland, J Lampe – US Patent App. 10/816,712, 2005 – Google Patents