Free Shipping for orders over $50

All About Sledding Helmets for Kids

by Jim Bartlett June 15, 2016

All About Sledding Helmets for Kids

Sledding Helmets for Kids

If you grew up in an area with snowy winters, you probably did your share of sledding as a kid (or even as an adult). There's nothing like the thrill of zipping down a snow-covered hill with your friends. If you grew up going sledding every winter, the idea of a sledding helmet may seem ridiculous. But if you've ever crashed on a sled, you'll know there's also nothing like the pain of colliding with another sledder, a tree branch, a fence, a pole, a ditch, the list goes on. Depending on the hill, a sledder can approach speeds of 25 mph. That's an awful lot of velocity for a kid riding on a $9.99 plastic disc.

Some Stats on Sledding Helmets

According to the Center on Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio), more than 20,000 U.S. children and teens are injured in sledding accidents each year. For an activity that's only possible a few weeks a year and only in certain parts of the country, that's a significant number. And that's only the injuries that made it to the emergency room. What's most troubling about the research study is that a full 9 percent of injuries were traumatic brain injuries. Those are arguably the most serious injuries and could have been prevented by wearing a helmet.

What Type of Helmet Should You Chose for Sledding

We don't know of any helmet on the market specifically designed for sledding (there is certainly no set CPSC safety standard for sledding helmets). The jury is still out on whether a ski helmet, bicycle helmet, or hockey helmet is the best for the specific acceleration and impacts of a sledding collision. A children's ski helmet will both protect your child's head and help keep him or her warm. While a standard, multi-vented bicycle helmet won't do much to keep your child warm while sledding, it will offer significantly more protection than no helmet at all.

Where to Buy a Sledding Helmet

You can find both kids' ski/snowboard helmets and kids' bike helmets right here on SportsProtective.com. We have a number of parents on the SportsProtective staff; our 12 collective kids range in age from 7 to 25. That's a lot of parenting experience under our belts. We know we can't protect our kids from every eventuality simply putting a layer of padding or a helmet on them.

Safe Sledding Tips

To that end, we've compiled the following list of Safe Sledding Tips:

  • Know where you/your child are going to be sledding. Try to find a hill that you're familiar with. Are there drainage ditches, drains, poles, or other obstacles that might be hidden under the snow?
  • Walk the hill before you sled down it so everyone in your party knows where there might be bumps, icy patches, or other rough spots.

Shop our Kids Protective Gear Site at XSPkids.com

Learn More About: Certifications Learn More About: Helmets Learn More About: How to Choose Guides Learn More About: Kids Learn More About: Sledding Helmets




Jim Bartlett
Jim Bartlett

Author

Founder of XSportsProtective, snowboarder, mountain biker, father of four young kids who love action sports.


Leave a comment

All comments will be reviewed before posting.


Also in Protective Gear News

Product Spotlight: Bell Super 3R MIPS and Giro Blok Goggle Lock Up
Product Spotlight: Bell Super 3R MIPS and Giro Blok Goggle Lock Up

by Douglas DiLillo May 22, 2017

Bike season is here! To celebrate, here at SportsProtective we are offering a deal that is too good to pass up. The Bell Super 3R MIPS Full Face Helmet and the Giro Blok Goggles come together in a "Lock Up" that will offer significant savings. Learn more about both products and why they go well together in our latest Product Spotlight.

Continue Reading →

Top Picks: Full Face Helmets for MTB and BMX Under $100
Top Picks: Full Face Helmets for MTB and BMX Under $100

by Douglas DiLillo May 11, 2017

We know not all riders have an infinite budget. This "Top Picks" post tackles full face helmets at a value, meaning under $100 dollars.

Continue Reading →

Brand Focus: G-Form Pads and Armor
Brand Focus: G-Form Pads and Armor

by Douglas DiLillo May 09, 2017

G-Form is a unique brand it that it only has one technology and builds its products from it. RPT Technology is the basis of their business. Learn more about G-Form, their technology, and products in our newest Brand Focus.

Continue Reading →