By Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP
QUESTION: What is the best hockey helmet to prevent concussions?
ANSWER: There is no one hockey helmet that has been shown to reduce the frequency or severity of concussions. There has been significantly more research done on football helmets than hockey helmets but the findings are generally the same. The single most important factor is the fit of the helmet. Make sure that you purchase a helmet that best fits your child and regularly check how the helmet fits throughout the season. If needed, consult with someone who is experienced in examining both the fit and the condition (wear and tear on a helmet affects fit and the protection it offers) of a helmet.