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Head Injury Criterion

By 15th March 2021No Comments

Why our sophisticated HIC testing methods ensure your park can provide a safe adventure experience for your visitors.

Author: Allard Stoute – Commercial Director. For more information on Adventure & Holiday Parks call +31615308314 or send an email to

BigAirBag® Attractions

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BigAirBag® offers our customers a wide range of safety-tested products. Each BigAirBag® attraction is intelligently designed, high-quality and modular.

Our easy-to-install, designed-to-last attractions are the perfect addition to any adventure or holiday park. If you’re looking for a low maintenance, widely enjoyed product, look no further than BigAirBag®.

Enhance your adventure space today with our extensive range.

A customizable experience

BigAirBag® attractions are designed to fit any space. Custom attractions and individual products are available, as well as 6 complete attractions:

  1. Tubby Jump
  2. Action Tower
  3. Jump Tower
  4. Freestyle Tower
  5. Drop Slide
  6. Trampoline Station

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Good, safe fun

At BigAirBag®, we proudly prioritize safety. We don’t take any shortcuts or make any compromises on product quality, and our sophisticated Head Injury Criterion testing methods ensure peace of mind.

Adventure doesn’t need to equal danger. Adventure equals excitement, thrills and fun. BigAirBag® confidently delivers a safe adventure experience to the entire family.

Head Injury Safety

Look out for the signs

The most common symptoms of a head injury are:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion
  • Fits/seizures
  • Difficulty speaking, walking and/or staying awake
  • Problems with senses (hearing or vision)
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss

Dangerous adventures have dangerous consequences

Adventure park head injuries can have serious consequences for the sufferer and the responsible business. An unsafe adventure experience could cause a skull fracture, a concussion, or even permanent brain damage.

Head injuries are unpredictable. You can’t plan for them, and you can’t remove the risk of them happening entirely. But you can hugely mitigate that risk with proper practice.

BigAirBag® works hard to lower the risk of injury by making our products as safe and robust as possible.

The Head Injury Criterion

The most commonly used metric

The Head Injury Criterion, commonly known as the HIC, is the most widely used metric for head injuries. The HIC can be used to assess the safety of many different products, including BigAirBag®’s range of attractions. The HIC can measure the safety level of:

  • Vehicles
  • Sporting equipment
  • Personal protective gear

40+ years of the Head Injury Criterion

The HIC metric was created by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). It’s been used since 1972 to determine risk factors and assess safety standards. Although the HIC has been in wide use for a long time, HIC testing isn’t always perfect. It doesn’t account for every possibility.

The HIC measures a product’s safety using a HIC manometer. This measurement is based on translational acceleration. That means that it ignores how rotation affects acceleration.

A more sophisticated method

In collaboration with Wireless Value, a company that manufactures HIC manometers, BigAirBag® has developed a foolproof and advanced HIC testing system.

Every BigAirBag® product goes through a series of rigorous safety tests pre-market.

Trusted testing

During our safety testing, we focus on each of the following factors:

  • Fall height
  • Drop speed in G’s
  • Fall time
  • Impact value in HIC
  • Critical fall height

Measuring all these different things gives us a complete sense of exactly how safe our products are. We’re then able to fix any concerns long before our attractions are available to customers.

BigAirBag® versus a competitor’s airbag

To put our safety claims to the test, we used our method to measure an original BigAirBag® against a similar product from a competitor company. The results conclusively prove our dedication to safety.

We tested the airbags at 3 different heights – 3, 4 and 5 meters. Both airbags were set on the same amount of pressure – 1.6kp. Both airbags were tested with the same 10kg Wireless Value manometer. At every height, the BigAirBag® product graphed a much softer curve than the competitor airbag.

The smoother the curve, the softer the airbag.

A better standard of product

A lot of airbags, like the competitor airbag in the HIC test, are designed primarily for children. At BigAirBag®, we do things differently.

We design our bags to suit a wide range of heights and weights. They’re perfect for anyone and everyone. They’re also much safer for people with fragile joints.

  • For safe, well-crafted attractions, choose BigAirBag®.
  • For low-maintenance, easy-installation products, choose BigAirBag®.
  • For a customizable and quality experience, choose BigAirBag®.

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