When I look back to early posts I wrote about ski helmet safety, I was clearly trying to make a case as to why parents and children should wear helmets.
Here’s why. (Sources: Ski and Snowboard Helmet Safety)
- Helmets are very effective at reducing skull fractures.
- Helmets can lessen the severity of a concussion.
- Helmets reduce head injuries by up to 50% in children.
- Helmets are very comfortable.
- Helmets are cool.
#Helmets Are Cool
Giving credit where credit is due, helmets are especially cool this season because of the High Fives Foundation.
In November, High Fives Foundation launched five videos highlighting the importance of wearing ski and snowboard helmets and featuring athletes sharing their personal perspectives on why #HelmetsAreCool.
They’re all online, but you can watch the first one here. I met Sally Francklyn in 2011 and spent a day skiing with her at Loveland. She was the most talented and aggressive telemark skier I’d ever skied with and was a buoyant, delightful person to spend time with.
She clearly still is.
How to Fit A Ski Helmet
Ski and snowboard helmets work best when they fit properly.
Here’s how to fit a ski helmet for kids and adults.
- Measure the person’s head about 1″ above the eyebrows and ear. Use a flexible tape that shows centimeters.
- Try on the helmet. It should be neither tight nor loose. It should be snug, but without pressure points. There should be no excess space between the helmet and the head.
- Shake your head or ask your child to share her head. The helmet should stay put, without independent movement. Push the helmet up and down, to the left and to the right. It should stay in place and the skin of the head should move with the helmet.
- Goggles should fit snugly against the helmet, with no gap.
PARENT TIP: Never buy a helmet with “room to grow.” Instead, look for kids’ helmets with adjustable dials and straps fit snugly and allow for some growth.
Replace Helmets Every 3-5 Years
Helmets have a definite shelf life of between 3-5 years. This is because the materials deteriorate over time and will no longer absorb impact as effectively. Likewise, helmets that have taken a big hit should be replaced immediately.
Know the Code
Looking to get the most value out of your family’s ski helmets? Don’t crash. In addition to wearing a helmet, the best way to protect your head is to avoid injuries. Ski smart. Ski safely. Know the Code.
Pro-Tec Jr. Classic Helmet Giveaway
For this season’s junior ski helmet giveaway, we’re featuring Pro-Tec. While Pro-Tec is new to snowsports helmets, the company has made adventure safety gear, including skate, bike and water safety helmets for 45 years.
This year, in partnership with Volcom, Pro-Tec launched five new snowsports helmets, including the Pro-Tec Jr. Classic Snow Helmet for kids ages 5-13. It’s a sturdy helmet with features you expect, like a rear dial to customize the fit.
Additionally, I like the full helmet interior padding, generous vents and removable, contoured ear pads — that actually give ears room without compromising safety. A rear clip holds goggles in place, while a unique “neck curtain,” a small fleece pad that folds down, warms the back of the wearer’s neck. Finally, the chin strap is covered, padded and secure with a magnetic closure. The overall feel of the helmet is sturdy and strong.
Available in four sizes, from XXXS (47-49 cm) to S (54-56 cm), four solid colors and one Cosmic Matter pattern, the helmet is solid, well made, versatile and has all safety certifications. I’m excited to give one away!
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