How to choose a helmet

How to Choose a Helmet

While no helmet will prevent your child from getting a concussion, they can help protect him/her from a serious brain injury.  Helmets are designed to prevent skull fractures and brains bleeds, and when used correctly, are effective at minimizing these significant brain injuries. Unfortunately, helmets do not prevent concussions because they cannot keep the brain from moving inside of the skull in the event of a hard or unexpected hit.  In a concussive injury, when the brain moves in the skull, it causes injury to the cells in the brain. So, to help prevent skull fractures and brain bleeds, and to minimize severity of concussion, it is very important to always wear a helmet during activities with a high risk of head injury.  Your child is safest when wearing a properly fitting, properly cared for, certified helmet for the correct sport.


When choosing a helmet there are several factors to consider:

 How to fit a helmet:

 How to take care of a helmet:

 Great source for sport specific information: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/helmets/index.html

Author
Emily and Meredith CPNP's at SportsSafe

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