Health Tip: Make Sure Your Helmet Fits

-- Whether you're rollerblading, biking or skiing, a helmet can protect you from a deadly head injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says a helmet won't offer full protection, however, if it doesn't fit properly. The group offers these helmet-fitting suggestions:

  • Make sure you select a helmet that meets standards set by the Snell Memorial Foundation or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Make sure the helmet fits snugly and doesn't slide in any direction.
  • The helmet should sit squarely on your head and be level, without tilting.
  • The helmet should include a chinstrap to hold it in place.

Posted: February 2011


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