Properly Fitting a Helmet for Youth Football - Jonquil Sporting Goods' Craig Brooks shows us how to ensure a proper fit for
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Host: Today, we’re here with the front of the show in clubhouse gas gear grew Craig Brooks. Buddy thanks for joining us.
Craig Brooks: Thanks for having me.
Host: Alright, so tell about foot ball helmets, now when I gets in to any kind of sports equipment foot ball here it can get kind of complicated especially for parents who never play but even for may be dad’s who played for ball alive so I don’t really understand, how to make sure that kids safe and this is properly most usually foot ball players have that here provided forum by the department they play for so, when your kid comes home with the helmet how do you make sure that they are in the right helmet?
Craig Brooks: Well, The biggest thing on helmets or any foot ball here gear, what so ever is tight, you want everything to fit is tight as it possibly fit. you know any kind of play in the helmet what so ever is what is going cause precautions, if you’ve got shake in the helmet and you may contact with the another player the helmet is what’s actually hurting your son as a first protecting them.
Host: So when a kid takes his helmet off and you see like red dots on his head what was squeezing and that’s good thing?
Craig Brooks: That’s fine a good thing. You know if he is going back with head aches from I just been just so tight you know they can’t definitely be too tight, but you know if some water in the hair or something like that its not a bad think at all.
Host: I wanted you to show us what it is you can do to check when you came when a kid comes home put this helmet on how you can use a parent can check it?
Craig Brooks: The first thing I would do is actually make sure that the helmet fits properly without jaw pads. The jaw pads or often times called hear pads, all going to keep the helmet from the rock in side to side, I will prior take the jaw pads out of the helmet put the helmet on the child and then I will look for any shake front and back. Basically what you are going to do is a few child puts the helmet on is our probably out look to make sure that the helmet wrinkles up in his forehead as he does he said I would hold the face mask like this as his head comes up make sure that you see some sort of wrinkles is like the helmet almost sticking to his head, and then as he comes up slowly release. The same go in the other direction, I will try put the helmet on his head as his face comes downward you probably want to see his eyebrows kind of pull up and then release. Now if you puts it on and you goes up and all others wrinkle and never releases, or the other way around it never , you can never go down and release out of the helmet and its quiet too tight in the forehead. In most helmets you’re going to have some kind of sizing mechanisms take shift whereas this is the helmet we carry, obviously there is a tone of brands of helmets out there, but what we are satisfied with this brand.
They have a front side this helmet were you have a small medium and large and an extra large helmet, he actually have 3 sizes a front sizes, so this can be changed the helmet come standard with the 7 8 so basically like a medium and you can make it either tight bigger or skinnier depending on the fit of the helmet.
Host: All right, What about the air portions that, the air tube looking that?
Craig Brooks: The air bladder in this particular helmet this particular helmet is called youth advantage, this helmet you would want to have absolutely zero air in the helmet what so ever, fit them to the child, once it fits its head properly then you would put air in to the helmet all you need to fill the negative space. You basically if this is helmet fit right, you can basically nice thrill or raise a blade through this bladder, and he would still be safe; the air bladder again is just a precautionary more safety and just you know again its just filling the empty space the negative space inside the helmet.
Host: And once you have got fit front and back then how do you do it side to side.
Craig Brooks: Front most front of backs right. Then you want put the jaw pads in the Helmet, most jaw pads are universal jaw pads by that in mean there is no lefts And rights they should snap into the helmet pretty easily. Normally 3 snaps like so, And so once you get these on this is actually what’s going to make the helmet Difficult To take on and off for young child. The bad news is the older people that The adults the college kids the high school kids they fit few putting their jaws in front They have got this big fat jaws. So they can put really very skinny jaw pads in their Helmet and they still fits good. The bad news is little guys are skinny in the face, so Their hair is actually bigger than their jaws are so the jaw pads tend to be very, very Thick put it on you are going to see tears often times you are going to see amidst Really going to be a struggle both take putting on and taking off the helmet, but Once you got the helmet on with the jaw pads basically you want to look and now You know if this going to fit me, you basically want to look you want to hold the face Mask in the front let them turn their helmet side to side. If you turn his helmet Head to the right back to the left and you don’t get any space between the jaw and The jaw pad, then it fits fine.
Host: How do you want to hold the face mask while you are turning the head?
Craig Brooks: Hold the face mask let him turn the head and kind of turn in to that pad and as space shows if I want to go thicker than jaw pad. Again most helmets come with one edge jaw pads attentive from our at least 10 hundred child usually needs a thicker jaw pad and I tend to put the inch in a quarter size pad and that’s going to make a fit along there.
Host: Right talk to me about the differences in chin straps. You have 2 different types of chin straps here.
Craig Brooks: Most helmets are to come standard with a clothe or leather chin strap, this is a leather chin strap offers you know basically the minimal protection its going to the hold the helmet from going up and down back and forth anything like that. But again you are fairly exposed to any damage or in any hand elbow or anything that. Then there is also the hard core strap chin straps, which basically the same fit and functionality is for shown in the helmet on the childs head so what it does offer is just a little bit of pad, and keeps you know any fits that comes in here or any elbow or even knee for that matter, it comes fine up keeps his chin protected.
Host: Is there a difference in using the high snap or the low snap?
Craig Brooks: There is a difference between that, a lot of times especially the older guys it becomes a matter of personal preference, a lot of quarter pads a lot guys that are constantly messing with their chin strap often time is easier for them to take it off on the too lower snaps, how ever for the young guys i do recommend to use the high snap chin strap both these happened to be high the proper way to fit this is the chest wrap actually goes on the inside of the face mask oftentimes you see people coming out through the eye hole here, and snap it, if you go through the inside and the upper snap was stays now once its properly adjusted their upper snap or stay snap all the time , and the lower back snap will be the one, one the child takes off.
So, you’ll take this on and off let the chin strap paying in front of his face when he takes the helmet on and or off, basically the reason I like this for the younger guys is again going back to the few pretty conversation. The child’s chin hasn’t really form yet, so often times if chin does not so even stick out passed the bottom of the helmet. The high chin strap tends to go up in to the helmet better, than the low chin strap does often times the low chain strap holds tight at the very edge of the helmet, and doesn’t go get up in there, and so it often times that he has space between his chin and his and the chin strap.
Host: Because he has to go over the lip.
Craig Brooks: Right because he has to go with his lip where this is coming in here and around the back side.
Host: Well it’s a lot of sense I have never thought about that. And if you start me in me a foot ball and you have done Something Mr. Berg. All right well it’s a lot of great information any questions leaving for Craig Brooks and we’ll do everything we could do to get a master appreciate. Thank you so much.
Craig Brooks: Thank you sir.
Host: As scheduled for us today we look forward to see a new I will pack you at next time, for another great addition of clubhouse gas.