Helmets help to prevent head injuries. Your child should wear a helmet that fits properly for the following sports or activities:
- Playing contact sports, such as lacrosse, ice hockey, football
- Riding a skateboard, scooter, or in-line skates
- Batting or running on the bases during baseball or softball games
- Riding a horse
- Riding a bike
- Sledding, skiing, or snowboarding
Your local sporting goods store, sports facility, or bike shop will be able to help make certain the helmet fits properly. You can also contact the American League of Bicyclists -- www.bikeleague.org.
Almost all major medical organizations recommend against boxing of any sort, even with a helmet.
Older children should always wear a helmet when riding a snowmobile, motorcycle, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle (ATV). If possible, children should not ride on these vehicles.
After having a concussion or mild head injury, your child may need a helmet. Always talk with your health care provider about when to return to activities.