Head Protection in Sports

In some sports, he is not here to stay: the helmet. Many lives have been saved because the athletes wore a helmet, and everything in the sport with the help of so-called head protection. Think of cycling, winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, horseback riding, ice skating and hockey.

Sports that use of head protection

Listed below are a number of sports in which the use of head protection. But you can still find many more examples.

  • Road cycling
  • Mountain bike
  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Skate
  • Skateboard
  • Horseback riding
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Bobsleigh
  • Racing

Bicycle racing

In road racing, using helmet mandatory since May 2003. On March 11 of the same year, Andrej Kiviljov fallen in the French stage race Paris?? Nice, and a day later the Kazakh rider died of the effects of the downturn. He had just fallen asleep the helmet before, because he thought it was too hot??
The International Cycling Federation has already advocated in 1991 to ensure the mandatory use of helmets, but then stumbled upon a massive protest by cyclists. They considered that the helmets were too heavy and too hot. After the fatal accident in Kivilev went pro rider still agreement, which since March 2003 is the helmet requirement in cycling. The helmet weighs only that?? n 200 grams, and ventilate well to make drivers of the heat caused the headgear as little disruption as possible.


Like many other sports, was wearing a helmet for hockey compulsory when there was a fatal accident site. Bill Masterton of Minnesota died in 1968 after a hard fall on the ice. North?? American Hockey League NHL eventually forced the helmet in 1979. Helmet obligation that hockey is not surprising not only for the players during the game, but also during training and hot?? up. Even coaches and volunteers who will be on the ice during a training needs in the North? America follow the helmet requirement.


In boxing, the objective is to beat the opponent?? Print shop, which is caused by a quick turn of the head caused by a punch. In professional boxing is forbidden for boxers to wear headgear, but in amateur boxing does apply a helmet requirement. Introduced in 1984 due to Boxer Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s disease the same year, was established. Headgear in boxing sounds paradoxical, because the very purpose of sport is to beat an opponent on his head. Amateur Boxing can be well been calls to abolish the helmet requirement again, in order to increase interest in the sport?


Skiers receive during a descent speeds of 150 kilometres per hour, so it’s no surprise that they are required to wear a helmet during some matches. In alpine skiing, is it mandatory for skiers in the downhill and Super?? G to wear helmets. In the giant slalom and the slalom, it is possible, but it is by the International Ski Federation is not mandatory. However, all skiers using helmets.
On the recreational level, it is in some parts of the Alps is compulsory for children to wear helmets on the slopes. Adults everywhere are free to choose to wear a helmet, but the FIS it encourages everyone to use head protection on the slopes. The speeds of the recreational skier can also be significant, so that they run a high risk of head injuries in a crash.


Skaters on the long track never wear a helmet, but there is a lot of talk in the past about whether or not to introduce mandatory helmets for Ice skaters. Until 2005 it was also forbidden for professional riders using helmets, because it would involve the aerodynamic advantages. ISU International Skating Federation, went after a decrease of Gerard van Velde tack and decided it was possible from the time for skaters to use the helmet during a game. No skater, but has begun: the helmet should fit uncomfortably and suffering just a waste of time?? The only riders must wear a helmet, his short track.Because of the tight indoor courts when they make their rounds is for these athletes are required to use the helmet.

Helmet: Yes or no?

If it is mandatory in several countries for children to wear a helmet, which is not the case in the Netherlands. But more and more parents choose for their children to put on a helmet while learning to ride a bike, but all still have the freedom to choose a helmet or not to set up. In football is often talked about manda helmets for goal, because in professional football regularly find examples of keepers who are injured on the head in a collision. The Czech goalkeeper Cech is one of the few in professional football that always plays with head protection. In his situation, it is necessary: a collision in 2006 is part of his skull softer than the rest, leaving him without a helmet would no longer be allowed to goalkeeping.
In some sports have been proven to wear head protection for injury reasons, but as a counter-argument to the harms of headgear, or less severe as compared to the situation without head protection. It is clear that many athletes see item mainly as an obstacle in their performance, but the past has shown that it is in some sports but good to have a helmet requirement is imported. Al will not all athletes agree it??