Inspecting Helmets

    To assist the person responsible for repair and maintenance of helmet,
    NOCSAE has developed a
    number of guidelines to observe when inspecting helmets.  There may be
    other things you want to
    check as this list is not intended to cover every observation which may
    be made.  NOCSAE
    recommends that a periodic inspection of all helmets be made and that
    they be periodically retested
    under the NOCSAE recertification program.

    Suggested Inspection Check List
    1.  Check helmet fit for agreement with manufacturer’s instructions and
    2.  Examine shell for cracks particularly noting any cracks around holes
    (where most cracks start)
    and replace any helmet that has cracks.  DO NOT USE A HELMET WITH
    3.  Examine all mounting rivets, screws, Velcro and snaps for breakage,
    distortion and/or looseness.   Repair as necessary.
    4.  Replace face guards if there is a broken weld, or if guard is grossly
    5.  Examine for helmet completeness, and replace any parts, which have
    become damaged, such as sweatbands, internal parts, and chinstraps.
    6.  Replace jaw pads when damaged.  Check for proper installation and
    fit.   - Different size jaw pads are available to assist in fitting the helmet.
    7.  Examine chinstrap for proper adjustment and inspect to see if it is
    broken or stretched out of shape.  Also, check hardware to see if it
    needs replacement.
    8.  Read instructions provided by manufacturer regarding care and
    maintenance procedures.  Always follow these instructions:

    CAUTION:  Only paints, waxes, decals or cleaning agents approved by
    the manufacturer are to be used on any helmet.  It is possible to get a
    severe or delayed reaction by using unauthorized materials, which could
    permanently damage the helmet shell and affect its safety performance.

    PLAYERS:  Inspect your particular helmet before each usage as follows:
    • Check Foam/Air/Liquid
    • Check foam padding for proper placement and any deterioration.
    • Check for cracks in vinyl/rubber covering of air, foam, and liquid
    padded helmets.
    • Check that protective system or foam padding has not been altered or
    • Check for proper amount of inflation in air padded helmets.  Follow
    manufacturer’s recommended practice for adjusting air pressure at the
    • Check all rivets, screws, Velcro and snaps to assure they are properly
    fastened and holding protective parts.

    If any of the above inspections indicate a need for repair and/or
    replacement, notify your coach.  

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