Experts say actress Natasha Richardson may have survived her ski accident if she were wearing a helmet. Here are our top headgear picks.
Actress Natasha Richardson was reportedly not wearing a helmet when she hit her head during a fatal ski accident on Monday. And although it's unclear whether a helmet could have saved Richardson, research shows helmets reduce the likelihood of a head injury by 40 to 60%, because the helmet's thick plastic foam inside the hard outer shell absorbs much of the force of impact that would otherwise be directed to the head.
"Surprisingly, the people who often don't wear helmets are moms because they're so busy securing their kid's helmets " says Karen Williams, Founder of PHAT, a helmet research team aimed at increasing voluntary ski helmet use among children. "However parents should set an example for kids by making helmets a mandatory piece of equipment."
No matter what helmet you chose, it should be snug -- not slide from side-to-side or front-to-back, sit squarely on your kid's head, covering his forehead. What's more, the top should be smooth and round and a flashy color that makes your kid visible.
Here are four helmets we think are great, no matter what sport your kid plays.