October 10, 2014

So you want to play Roller Derby? Get a helmet!

So you want to play Roller Derby? Awesome! You will need;

  • A sense of humour
  • The determination to get up when you fall down
  • Willingness to meet new people and make friends

We can't pack those things up for sale, but we can help you with a basic starter package that includes; skates, a helmet, a mouth guard, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards.

 

Brains are important! No helmet can protect you from all impacts, but to get the best protection, choose a helmet that fits you well and is safety certified.

 

How to Fit a Helmet

A properly fitting helmet:

  • sits level on your head just above your eyebrows, roughly at the center of your forehead. 
  • with straps undone, you can nod your head forward without it rolling off
  • doesn't shift or roll around your head

 

Wear Your Helmet Correctly

If you wear your helmet too far back on your head, the front of your skull is not protected. When your helmet is worn level on your head, just above your eyebrows, it protects your nose if you fall on your face. Stay smart, stay pretty, protect your face!

 

Certification

A certified helmet is one that has been scientifically tested to meet standards for impact reduction. A certified helmet will have a sticker inside the helmet that tells you what certification test it passed. All the helmets we sell are dual certified for single and multiple impacts.

 

CPSC - This is single impact certification. Most bike helmets are made to this certification. Helmets of this type are designed to be discarded after one major impact.

 

ASTM - This is multi impact certification for skate helmets. Helmets of this type are designed to take multiple smaller impacts.

 

EN1078 - European helmet certification standard

AS/NZS2063 - Australian and New Zealand helmet certification

 

When to replace your helmet

Helmet manufacturers recommend that you replace your helmet every few years, or if you can see signs of wear and tear. If you ever have a serious impact to the head that requires medical attention, your helmet could have become damaged by absorbing that impact and you should replace it even if there is no visible damage.