So our sports editor Matthew wrote a piece on his pastime sport: skateboarding. In this post, he tells us about the skateboarding helmet
Benefits of a skateboard helmet
Today, most riders may not bother buying a helmet since they may feel they are spending too much money. However, skateboarding is played on hard surfaces made of concrete and that time you crash and hit your head which most happens when skateboarding and you slam your skull then you will be grateful you had put on the best skateboard helmet at the time as your head will be safe from injuries that might lead to your head being damaged or even death when the impact is severe.
For your safety, make sure to always put on your helmet when skateboarding as you may crash. Even if you are skating at a low speed, choosing the best skateboard helmet is very crucial to avoid brain injuries that might keep you away from skating forever or might lead to you losing our life. When buying a helmet, choose one of your sports as they are designed and certified for specific sport.
How to choose the best skateboard helmet
Before anything else, always make sure that the skateboard helmet you pick is specifically designed for your sport.
Proper fit – this is the most important thing to put into consideration. It should be able to touch around your head comfortably and be stable to resist any impact be it single or multiple and still stay in place. The helmet must stay low on your head in order to cover the sides maximally and holding level with the strap on your head snags comfortably. The straps should be of good quality and fasten securely .The space between the helmet and your head should not be more than two fingers.
This is the determinant on the life span of your helmet and the protection it will be able to provide. Better brands are always expensive because more research have been put into it and latest technology is used when making them and much effort is put into it to make sure they meet the required regulations for them to be certified.
Inner lining-It is a requirement that they are made of EPS (Expandable Polystyrene Styrofoam). Use of soft padding foam is always softer and much more comfortable when compared to EPS with EPS foam absorbing impact better.
Outer shell-An ABS plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) can be used in making the outer shell. For high brands, a combination of EPS foam and ABS can be used since it results in a solid and lightweight helmet. The high-density and injection-modeled PE can be used to make durable, strong and lightweight helmets.
This varies from one helmet to the other. Always go for one that you can afford without straining so much. Expensive helmets are not safer or more protective than others. Pricing is often a branding strategy and perception of the customer. So long as a helmet meets the required regulations then it is fit to wear.
Shape– a round shape helmet is always recommended to avoid neck injuries when you crash.
Weight-it is always important thing to consider when buying one since very heavy helmets causes neck injuries and are very uncomfortable when wearing them thus light helmets are recommended.
Certification-Always go for those that have been tested and certified.