Skateboard helmets are head protection that is specifically designed for skateboarding. Skateboarding is a high impact activity that can cause serious injuries such as concussions and brain damage when proper safety equipment isn’t worn.
Types of skateboard helmet
There are two primary types of skateboard helmets: hard plastic skateboard helmets and soft foam lycra/spandex mix skateboard helmets. Both styles have their pros and cons but both are excellent forms of head protection if worn properly. Hard plastic helmets are more durable, provide better vision, will not absorb water, will last longer but do not conform to the shape of your head as well as the foam lycra helmets, which feel more natural on your head due to their flexibility. However, foam lycra helmets will break down eventually due to the constant friction of your board against them, water absorption will lessen their lifespan and you cannot see out of them as well. They provide less protection than hard helmets but still absorb impact well if they’re in good condition.
The Function of skateboard helmet and more
As stated earlier, the primary function of a skateboard helmet is to protect your head from injury. A secondary function for helmets is to protect your board from wheel bite when riding on top mounts or mini-decks which are not big enough to house wheel wells. Therefore, wheel bite mitigation is also key in picking a proper helmet! Wheel bite occurs when the wheel makes contact with the inside edge/lip of the deck during a trick causing it to stop abruptly, putting excessive pressure on that one wheel which can cause damage to the board and may result in a loss of control can lead to potential injury.
Protecting your head from injury
Helmets protect your head from injury by absorbing impact forces before they reach your skull when you fall while skateboarding. Many helmet models have a hard plastic outer shell, but some companies utilise a soft foam inner lining instead, both absorb shock well but the choice is up to you! The general rule of thumb for any protective gear is that it should be replaced after any significant impact. Helmets are no different. They’re designed to do their job once and not perform better with age, in fact, old worn-out helmets offer less protection than new ones because there’s more space between the foam inner lining and the outer shell when it is worn out.
The Skateboard Helmet Certification
Further, many skateboard helmets are certified by the ASTM which is an independent testing organisation that tests head protection equipment for a variety of sports including skateboarding. When you see a helmet bearing a CPSC logo, this means that it was made with hard plastic. Some skateboarders prefer soft foam lycra helmets simply because they feel more natural on your head with their flexibility but keep in mind if wearing one you’ll have to be extra cautious when doing flip tricks because they do not absorb impact as well as hard helmets with smaller foams. A good indicator of whether or not your helmet has taken any damage is how it looks on the inside! If there are any cracks or dents in the foam lining, it’s time for a new one