Lacrosse Helmets Buying Guide
For any rough contact game, head protection is a must. Lacrosse helmets secure to the head in four different places to ensure that your noggin stays injury free, even if you get hit with a wayward ball ,stick or even by another player. So don't try to pass off your old baseball helmet as adequate lacrosse gear, because it can't offer protection specifically tailored to the sport.
What Sets Them Apart
Typical lacrosse helmets offer extra protection for the lower part of the head with protruding chin and jaw pieces. This is particularly important for face forward falls, since the chin and the jaw tend to absorb the most impact. A typical lacrosse helmet also has a face mask or a set of grills on the front to protect the face from oncoming balls or sticks without obstructing field of vision. The face mask can also prevent eye injuries along with facial cuts and/or bruises.
What They're Made Of
Typical materials include:
- Steel : These are typically reinforced with iron oxides and are resistant to heat.
- Titanium : These can be either pure titanium, or a mix of titanium and chrome. Lighter and more durable than steel, these type of masks work best for goalies.
- Chrome : Chrome helmets have a middle-of-the road weight and are more flexible, which may make them more susceptible to damage.
- Look for National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) approval on your helmet. This means it passed all the rigorous tests to make it as safe as possible.
- Padding inside the helmet will allow for uniform pressure around the head, making gameplay more comfortable and safe.
- Make sure that there is a four-point-chin-strap to secure the helmet tightly to the head.
- If your helmet causes headaches, it should be refitted.
- Check out the helmet manufacturer's recommendations for proper helmet fitting.
- Make sure you can easily attach a mouth guard to the helmet's face guard.
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