Brain injuries are scary, especially for children. As spring approaches, countless kids across the Philadelphia area will be signing up for baseball. After all, Philadelphia is a big sports town.
Having had one child in multiple sports associations for tee ball and now baseball, I tend to be overly cautious and often ensure that when it's time for my kid to bat, his helmet fits. That's one of the major dangers for kids and sports - an ill-fitting helmet.
Most sports associations provide helmets for players. One of the coaches, a parent volunteer or an employee of the sports association, will slap whatever helmet on whatever kid. That can pose a problem. A helmet that is too big does not offer maximum protection from a head injury. Read more about the dangers of ill-fitting helmets.
I've seen smaller children run the bases at full speed with a helmet too big for their heads. The helmet flops around on their little heads or worse, covers their eyes. I've also seen baseball helmets with the inside padding worn down. I know from my experience in handling brain injury cases that an ill-fitting helmet can cause serious injuries. Vision, hearing and speech deficits are some of the short term symptoms. Long term, permanent symptoms often include personality changes, mood swings and difficulty performing in school.
When it's time for your kid to play sports, make sure his or her helmet fits properly. Don't assume that a coach, who might be a volunteer, will find the right helmet for your kid.
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