Impact injury is a major problem for many people who must work in aircraft, hi-speed small boats, recreational vehicles, heavy equipment and other tactical vehicles during military training and missions. These impact injuries range from spinal injuries obtained during one time events (such as a mine blast or a crash landing of a helicopter) to spinal, lower torso and limb injuries resulting from repeated impacts that occur as the result of constant impacts related to high speed operation of tactical vehicles (such as the pounding into waves in a small boat). Many military careers are ended or restricted due to the injuries sustained during training or operations. These injuries can be as disabling as spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis (as in a blast event) or somewhat more subtle joint injuries that prevent personnel from continuing a mission because of the pain induced by repeated impacts in a small boat.
SEAS staff have developed The MitiGator™ Technology, which is a cushioning system (utilizing one or more layers of The MitiGator™ Technology that dissipates much of the energy of impacts and prevents that energy from passing through to the human body, thus reducing the level of injury sustained. The MitiGator™ Technology is as effective against repeated impacts (high speed boats or ground vehicles) as it is against one-time events (crash landings).
The MitiGator™ utilized in the cushion has been shown to attenuate as much as 40% more energy than standard or conformal foam systems.
The MitiGator™ Technology is an engineered system; specific MitiGator™ configurations can be designed for specific applications. Along with its good energy-attenuating characteristics, The MitiGator™ has the added advantage of returning to its original configuration after impact, making it suitable for repeated impacts. The cushioning system is made of materials that will survive in a marine environment. Studies have also shown that the system also acts as a vibration attenuating system as well.