Want to make more money in retail? Then tell your clients that what helmet they purchase will affect their head. Spend more money, usually, and get more protectionPosted: February 19, 2014 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Concussion, first aid, Football helmet, Giro, helmet, Helmets, Impact, Journal of Neurosurgery, Kali, Lazer, Manufacturing, MIPS, Riddell, Softshell Leave a comment
Want to make more money in retail? Then tell your clients that what helmet they purchase will affect their head. Spend more money, usually, and get more protection
I am dismayed that some manufacturers, and many retailers sell helmets on price. A study recently showed that two helmets that both passed the requisite test, protected people from concussions at vastly different rates. Are you selling protection to people or just satisfying their need to think they are protecting themselves or their children?
The study was written about in Study Shows Concussion Risk ‘Dependent on Helmet’. The study can be found in the Journal of Neurosurgery and was titled “Can helmet design reduce the risk of concussion in football?: Technical note”. Simply stated a comparison was made between two helmets manufactured by the same company. Both helmets met all the requirements to be sold and used playing football.
However, one helmet had 54% fewer concussions by the players than the other!
Buying a helmet is not just putting something on a kid’s head and saying it looks good or is “pretty.” As a retailer, you have no legal obligation, but I think a great big ethical obligation to inform parents and purchases that there is a difference in the protection that helmets can provide.
There are helmets that are doing more than just passing the required tests.
Giro has a new helmet for skiing: Combyn™ helmet has a softshell design creating a greater range of hits that can be protected as well as greater over-all coverage for your head.
Lazer is coming out with several models for kids and adults with the MIPS protection system in the helmet. Ski helmets with MIPS will be Mozo DLX and Dissent DLX. Bike helmets with MIPS are P’Nut and Nut’Z kids helmets (available now) and the Beam and Helium (available spring for Beam and later in 2014 for Helium)
Kali Helmets: Kali is coming up with some new ideas in helmet technology that will change the way helmets perform.
MIPS: If you need a helmet for any sport that is not a DOT helmet, get one with MIPS inside. Testing shows it will make a difference.
If you are serious about protecting your head, you need to drop the cash necessary to get a good helmet. Find out what each helmet does and which one fits. Don’t worry about what it looks like. A helmet’s job is to keep your head looking the same way, so don’t worry about how you look wearing the helmet. Just be happy to take it off.
More articles on Helmets
A helmet manufacture understands the issues(Uvex, Mouthguards) http://rec-law.us/xpxX6n
A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hathttp://rec-law.us/yPerOd
Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed http://rec-law.us/Vkle60
Does being safe make us stupid? Studies say yes. http://rec-law.us/Ao5BBD
Great article on why helmet laws are stupid http://rec-law.us/zeOaNH
Great editorial questioning why we need laws to “protect” us from ourselves. http://rec-law.us/Ayswbo
Helmet death ignited by misconception and famous personalities http://rec-law.us/wfa0ho
Helmets do not increase risk of a neck injury when skiing http://rec-law.us/wPOUiM
Helmets: why cycling, skiing, skateboarding helmets don’t work http://rec-law.us/RVsgkV
If you provide a bike in CT you don’t have to provide a helmet http://rec-law.us/THidx6
Law requires helmets, injuries down fatalities up? http://rec-law.us/YwLcea
Mixed emotions, but a lot of I told you so. http://rec-law.us/ysnWY2
More information over the debate about ski helmets: Ski Helmets ineffective crashes were the wear is going faster than 12 miles per hour http://rec-law.us/z4CLkE
National Sporting Goods Association reports that Helmet use at US Ski Areas increased during the 2009-10 ski season http://rec-law.us/zZTzqa
OSHA Officially recommending helmets for ski area employees http://rec-law.us/xo5yio
Other Voice on the Helmet Debate http://rec-law.us/AzaU9Q
Skiing/Boarding Helmets and what is the correct message http://rec-law.us/AzeCpS
Study shows that head injuries are on the rise on the slopes even though more people are wearing helmets http://rec-law.us/U91O73
Survey of UK physicians shows them against mandatory bicycle helmet laws. http://rec-law.us/sYuH07
The helmet issue is so contentious people will say the stupidest things http://rec-law.us/zhare9
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