In recent years, it has become increasingly evident how devastating head injuries can be in hockey or any sport. Most players and parents are more aware than ever of the dangers of concussions in the game of hockey. The first thing to know is that there is no such thing as a perfect or totally injury-proof helmet - they unfortunately do not exist.
Hockey is a contact sport and the risk is always present. In the past few years however, hockey helmet technology has drastically improved and players are more protected than ever before. Although, like any other item of protective equipment, there is a hierarchy of models. This is why our employees and all of us at Pure Hockey will always work with our customers to find the best helmet for each individual player.??Helmet manufacturers work tirelessly and dedicate an astounding amount of money in research development to eliminate weight, increase protection, and add comfort to new hockey helmets.
There are a lot of things that need to be kept in mind when shopping for a helmet. The top priority needs to be fit. No matter how expensive, technologically advanced or protective the helmet model is, if the one on you head doesn't fit correctly, it wont be protective. This is why our employees and all of us at Pure Hockey will always work with our customers to find the best helmet for each individual player.
Continuing on fit, it's not just the helmet that requires proper fitting. You also need to make sure the cage properly fits and the chin cup needs to be securely and snuggly strapped against your chin. This ensures that the helmet stays in place. If the cage won't close all the way to your chin and you get hit, it forces the helmet to displace. So you always want to double check that the cage, as well as the helmet, fits properly. Note that when purchasing a helmet and cage, a player who is a medium helmet is not always guaranteed to be in a medium cage. This can be true even when buying a combo helmet, so always be sure to have both the cage and helmet properly fit.
The next thing to think about is the level and frequency of play. You always want to be aware of how often, and at what level of competition you or your child plays. A Mite does not have the same protection and performance needs as a college or pro player (Trust us, a $200 hockey helmet isn't going to be the difference between a 6 year-old making it to the NHL or not). That being said, non-checking levels still carry a level of risk for head injury, falling down, hitting the boards or simply accidentally bumping into other players.
A major thing to think about is price. As mentioned earlier, the most expensive helmet does not always translate to the best helmet for a particular individual. Now that I've said that, consider how much sense it makes to spend $200-$250 on a stick and $600-$800 on skates and then try to save some money by only spending $60 on a helmet? The helmet is the thing that protects your head, your most important and fragile body part. Where do your legs and your arms get their neural messages about what to do - from your head. If your head isn't protected or functioning optimally, what good is the most expensive skates and stick? Get the helmet that fits, is comfortable and provides adequate protection for the level of hockey you are playing.
Another tip is to be sure you always wear (and not chew the side of) a properly fitted and molded mouthguard. These will help keep you safer during the game and help reduce the risk of injury.
GettingThe Right Fit
Unlike most other pieces of equipment, for the most part, helmets have a single run of sizes. For example, hockey helmets have Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large. Almost all hockey helmets on the market today have some form of size adjustment. Generally speaking, most helmet sizes run right into the next. So a Small helmet, expanded to its biggest adjustment, will be very similar in size to a Medium helmet (of the same model), closed down to its smallest adjustment.?The simplest way to fit a helmet is to first estimate the correct size, expand it as large as it will adjust to, and place it on your head. Slowly adjustment the helmet smaller until it is snug on your head. The helmet should be snug and should not move around, but not too tight to make it uncomfortable. Be sure the helmet does not move around when you move your head. You will also want to wear the helmet for a few minutes to be sure there are no pains or pressure points on your head. Once you have the helmet snug, secure and comfortable, you're ready to skate.