TBI Prevention - Choosing the Right Helmet to Minimize Risk for Brain Injury

Where can I find specific information about which helmet to use?

Look at the information in the columns of the table below:

1. Select your activity of interest in the first column.

2. Read across the row to find the appropriate helmet type for that activity listed in the second column.

3. Once you’ve found the right helmet, look for a label or applicable standard

Activity

 Helmet Type

 Applicable Standard(s)

Individual Activities — Wheeled

Bicycling (including low speed, motor assisted) Roller & In-line Skating

Recreational

Scooter Riding (including low speed, motor assisted)

 Bicycle

CPSC, ASTM F1447, Snell B-90/95, Snell N-94†

BMX Cycling

BMX

CPSC, ASTM F2032

Downhill Mountain Bike Racing

Downhill

CPSC, ASTM F1952

Roller & In-line Skating

Aggressive/Trick

Skateboarding

Skateboard ASTM F1492†, Snell N-94†

Individual Activities — Wheeled Large Motor

ATV Riding

Dirt- & Mini-Bike Riding

Motocrossing

Motocross or

Motorcycle

DOT FMVSS 218, Snell M-2005

Karting/Go-Karting

Karting or Motorcycle

DOT FMVSS 218, Snell K-98, Snell M-2005

Moped Riding

Powered Scooter Riding

Moped or Motorcycle DOT FMVSS 218, Snell L-98, Snell M-2005

Individual Activities — Non-Wheeled

Horseback Riding

Equestrian

ASTM F1163, Snell E-2001

Rock- & Wall-Climbing

Mountaineering

EN 12492†, Snell N-94†

Team Sport Activities ‡

Baseball, Softball & T-Ball

Baseball Batter’s

NOCSAE ND022

Baseball Catcher’s

NOCSAE ND024

Football

Football

NOCSAE ND002, ASTM F717

Ice Hockey

Hockey

NOCSAE ND030, ASTM F1045

Lacrosse

Lacrosse

NOCSAE ND041

Winter Activities

Skiing

Snowboarding

 Ski  ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98 or S-98

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile

DOT FMVSS 218, Snell M-2000

Although a helmet has not yet been designed for the following two activities, until such helmets exist, wearing one of the three listed types of helmets may be preferable to wearing no helmet at all.

Ice Skating

Sledding

Bicycle

CPSC, ASTM F1447, Snell B-90/95 or N-94†

Skateboard

ASTM F1492†, Snell N-94†

Ski

ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98 or S-98

CPSC.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

t www.cpsc.gov or (800) 638-2772

† This helmet is designed to withstand more than one moderate impact, but protection is provided for only a limited number of impacts. Replace if visibly damaged (e.g., a cracked shell or crushed liner) and/or when directed by the manufacturer.

‡ Team sport helmets are designed to protect against multiple head impacts typically occurring in the sport (e.g., ball, puck, or stick impacts; player contact; etc.), and, generally, can continue to be used after such impacts. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for replacement or reconditioning.

Definitions: ASTM - ASTM International; CEN - European Committee for Standardization; DOT – Dept. of Transportation; EN - Euro-norm or European Standard; NOCSAE - National Operating Committee on Standards in Athletic Equipment; Snell - Snell Memorial Foundation.

The federal CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets is mandatory for those helmets indicated by