Special Flock Construction Awarded Head Health Grant

Head Health Challenge Grant

Corsair Innovations’ Revolutionary FEAM Material is a special Flock construction that helps absorb, dissipate, and transfer momentum to lessen the impact of head injuries.

The NFL, Under Armour, GE and the National Institute of Standards & Technology team up to support companies developing technology to reduce the impact of head injuries


Corsair Innovations, a company working with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth that propels technology breakthroughs from idea to reality, and with the American Flock Association, recently announced that it was one of the $250,000 recipients in Phase Three of the Head Health Challenge.

The Head Health Challenge is a five-year program developed in 2014 by the NFL, Under Armour, GE and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). The three-phased initiative was created to:

  1. Better understand and diagnose mild traumatic brain injury
  2. Improve protection from brain injury
  3. Advance materials to mitigate impact in sport

Corsair Innovations will use these funds to further refine its revolutionary FEAM technology, a radical new and improved approach to foam padding used in helmets and body armor.  FEAM can absorb energy from blunt forces and reduce the risk of trauma by mitigating impact energies.  

“We are honored that the experts on the judging committee selected our material and see the promise of FEAM,” said William Lyndon, President, Corsair Innovations.  “Traumatic brain injury is a serious and growing problem for athletes and soldiers affecting approximately 2.6 million people in the US every year. 

“The unique properties and flexibility of FEAM will allow us to develop solutions for both linear and the more damaging rotational forces associated with these injuries.  We want to thank Drs. Yong Kim and Armand Lewis, the UMass Dartmouth inventors for their hard work and brilliance getting FEAM to this point and the American Flock Association for supporting that effort.”  

FEAM is a 100% textile replacement for foams.  This revolutionary material is made using a mature manufacturing process called flocking in a new and innovative way.  The resulting material offers higher performance, is breathable and washable and can be used in a wide variety of applications (including:  military padding, athletic uniforms, police gear, gym mats, veterinary cushioning, prosthetic padding, etc.).  

This award will enable the researchers at Corsair and UMass Dartmouth to further test and improve the FEAM material with the ultimate goal of producing a better impact attenuation system for helmets and other protective gear.


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