The conference, from April 7 to 9 is designed as a continuation of the 1st and 2nd World Congresses on Sports Injury in 2005 and 2008, the sport and medical experts attending will look beyond injuries by including the topic of prevention of other health problems associated with sports participation.
Along with fellow researchers, McIntosh, of the University of New South Wales School of Safety of Risk and Safety Sciences, will also present a paper on "Development of a high performance jockey helmet", based on a recent study.
The study, "Development of new helmets to increase protection against severe injury/ head trauma" was funded by the National Jockey Safety Committee and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. During the study, six helmets were tested, and none complied with the European High Performance standard. In this standard, helmet samples are exposed to 50ºC, -20ºC, UV radiation and water conditioning prior to testing, impact testing of up to 3 metre drops, resistance penetration and lateral crush.
"Currently no helmet is made worldwide to meet this standard," the researchers said.
"There is still work to be done to meet the high standard requirements of low (1 m) and high (3 m) drop tests."
The study showed performance of the six helmets tested to be "fair" for 1m drops, "good" for 1.5m drops, "fair" for 2.5m drops, and "fair" on to hemispherical and V-anvils. It found that the retail price of the helmets were not correlated with performance.
Speakers in the 'Sports helmets now and in the future symposium:'
Chair: Andrew McIntosh (Australia): Introduction
Paul McCrory (Australia): Evidence base for sports helmets
Svein Kleiven (Sweden): Biomechanics of sports head injury and helmet design
Andrew McIntosh (Australia): Performance standards for sports helmets
Massimo Varese (Italy): A manufacturer's perspective on sports helmet development
Rick Greenwald (USA): Enhancing helmet function and new technologies
Michael Turner (UK): Equestrian helmets
Thor Einar Andersen (Norway): Helmets in football
Andrew McIntosh (Australia): Helmets in rugby football
Svein Kleiven (Sweden): Cycle helmets
Rick Greenwald (USA): American football helmets
Roald Bahr (Norway): Helmets in alpine sports
Paul McCrory (Australia): Helmets in projectile sports
Andrew McIntosh BappSci MBiomedE PhD Associate Professor University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Paul McCrory MBBS PhD Associate Professor The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Svein Kleiven PhD Research Leader KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Huddinge, Sweden
Massimo Varese BE MQuality Mgt Dainese S.p.a., Vicenza, Italy
Rick Greenwald PhD Simbex 10, Lebanon, NH, USA
Michael Turner MB BS MD FFSEM (UK + Ire) British Horseracing Authority, London, United Kingdom
Thor Einar Andersen MD PhD PT Associate Professor Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Oslo, Norway
Roald Bahr MD PhD Professor Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Oslo, Norway