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Health Tip: Make Sure Your Helmet Fits

Health Tip: Make Sure Your Helmet Fits

02/03/11

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you're rollerblading, biking or skiing, a helmet can protect you from a deadly head injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says a helmet won't offer full protection, however, if it doesn't fit properly. The group offers these helmet-fitting suggestions:

  • Make sure you select a helmet that meets standards set by the Snell Memorial Foundation or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Make sure the helmet fits snugly and doesn't slide in any direction.
  • The helmet should sit squarely on your head and be level, without tilting.
  • The helmet should include a chinstrap to hold it in place.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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