For years, there has been some debate over helmet use in football. While one side of the fence believes them not to be necessary you have on the far other side those who believe they are not built well enough. We won’t speak for all players, but when it comes to Arena football and kids who play any type of football, it is our humble opinion that helmets are a must.
Here are some questions we have been asked, and our opinion on what the right answer is:
When Should a Child Upgrade to an Adult Helmet?
It really does depend on the size, but you should start checking at around age 12. One of the major differences is in the material used. Children’s helmets are not designed to withstand the force that larger players exert.
How do You Size a Football Helmet?
A football helmet is sized in the same way that motorcycle helmets for children are. Using a cloth measuring tape, measure the circumference of the head at its widest point. Football helmets are sized the same as a motorcycle helmet is, so you can use this measurement if you are also in need of buying your child a motorcycle helmet.
Should Arena Players Wear a Football Helmet?
The way in which the sport is played, and the arena itself, do require the protection of a helmet. Concussions are common injuries in football players, and when you add the element of a walled in stadium, that risk grows.
What Features in a Football Helmet Should I Be Looking For?
A proper football helmet has a sturdy outer shell, padding on the inside, a face mask, chin strap and liner. Very much the same as a motorcycle helmet with the exception of the face mask (and without the technology like bluetooth, though this is coming), helmets are ranked by the materials used rather than the features. For example, Arai Motorcycle helmets repeatedly do well in customer ratings because of their ability to provide maximum protection but still be comfortable. This is the feature you should be considering in a football helmet.
How Do I Know if the Helmet Fits Right?
The best helmet on the market will be no match for a large linebacker if it does not fit right. With the chin strap adjusted, there should be no space between the temples and the inner lining of the helmet. You should also ensure that the helmet can not be slid off of the head.
This is provided as a guide only. The best thing you can do to protect yours or your child’s head when playing football is to have them fitted professionally at a sports store which specializes in helmets. There should never be any excuse why a young person enters a football field without the proper head protection.