By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to measure for a hockey helmet. While this process may seem difficult and intimidating, it is essential to finding a helmet that fits your head. Hockey is a rough, contact sport, so is is extremely important that you wear protective headgear that will protect you during games, scrimmages and practices.
- Measure the size of your head. Using a soft measuring tape, measure the distance around your head at a height of approximately one inch above your eyebrows. When doing this, be sure to pull the tape snugly, measuring to the closest eight of an inch. Use this measurement to choose a helmet in the corresponding size. If this is difficult for you, ask a friend, teammate or family member to perform the measurement.
- Try on a helmet that matches the number of inches you measured around your head. Make sure to secure the chin strap, and evaluate whether it grips your head snugly. The helmet should fit your head securely, and should not move around on your head.
- Evaluate your vision when wearing the helmet. There should be approximately one inch between your eyebrows and the bottom of the helmet. In addition to this, you should be able to have a clear peripheral line of vision.
- Move around and perform some of the tasks associated with playing in a hockey game. Hockey is a contact sport, so the helmet will need to be secure. Try on several different helmets before you find the one that is perfect for you!