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Fitting Youth Football Helmets

Fitting the player with a proper fitting helmet is extremely important. An improperly fitted helmet can lead to injury as well as discomfort.

If your organization is like most, you have a player try a helmet on and if it is too loose you try a smaller one and if it’s too tight you put a larger one on. The problem with this method is what is “too loose” or “too tight”? Most first year players always complain that their helmet is too tight.

From the industry experts here is what they say about fitting helmets:

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Proper fitting is the key to head protection and player comfort. The goal is a customized fit for every player. A helmet that doesn’t fit can contribute to head injuries. The helmet should always move as the head moves, and should not move independently of the head.

Instruct players on the dangers of using the helmet incorrectly, and the importance of using proper blocking/tackling techniques.
Before fitting, note any irregularities of the head, which may require a fitting adjustment. Two players with the same sized heads may have two completely different-shaped heads.
Measure a player’s head with a cloth tape measure to determine proper shell size. Do this about 1 inch above the eyebrow. Wetting the player’s head makes the initial fit easier.
Tighten the chinstrap so that the cup is snug and centered on the chin. Always use a 4 snap chinguard. Do not allow your players to play with unsnapped chinstraps. This can cause the helmet to pop off on contact.
Be sure the player’s ear openings are centered with the helmet’s ear openings.
Check to see that the eyebrows are 1 to 1 1/2 inches below the helmet’s edge.
Make sure they jaw pads follow the contours of the cheek. It’s very common for young players to have very narrow faces. You may have to adjust the thickness of the jaw pads to get a better fit. Extra thick jawpads can be purchased seperately.
Try to rotate the helmet side to side. Forehead skin or hair should move with the helmet, but it should not slip.
Check to see that the faceguard is 2 to 2 1/2 finger widths from the tip of the nose.
Check vision, both peripherally as well as up and down. He should be able to see peripherally to about 180 degrees and up and down to about 75 degrees.
Remind your players to pull out on ear hols of the helmet to slip the helmet on and off easier, this is not intuitive to them.

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This is the industry standard for fitting helmets, please consult your helmet manufacturer for proper fitting instructions for your brand of helmets.


This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
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