Having a properly fitted helmet is crucial in avoiding sports injuries. Many parents allow their children to use an ill-fitted helmet or a helmet not appropriate for the specific sport.
Helmets are important because they absorb the impact energy of a fall and thus protect the head and brain. An ill-fitted helmet increases the risk of head or brain injury.
Helmets should not be used without ensuring that they fit appropriately. Helmets should fit snugly and not move in any direction, either front to back or side to side. The helmet should sit level on the head. Straps should fit securely.
There are many different kinds of helmets, and not all helmets are subject to mandatory federal regulations. Bicycle helmets manufactured after 1999 are subject to mandatory consumer product safety regulations. However, skiing or snowboarding helmets are not subject to mandatory regulations. These kinds of helmets are only subject to industry specific standards such as, ASTM, Snell and CEN.
A retail store may sell helmets which are ill-fitted to the child or inappropriate for the given sport. For example, an inexperienced sports store employee may sell a parent the wrong helmet or sell a helmet that does not fit properly. In these kinds of situations, the store may face liability if an accident occurs and the helmet is deemed to be a cause of the head or brain injury. In addition, a school or youth sports league may be held liable for allowing a student/participant to use an ill-fitted helmet.
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