Baseball Batting Helmets

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Good baseball batting helmets are worth every penny that's spent on them, especially when it comes to fast-pitch baseball. Strong polycarbonate or polyethylene shells are guaranteed to resist impact, even direct hits such as line drives and fastballs. Still, manufacturers of baseball batting helmets generally disclaim responsibility for injuries suffered from their improper use, which, unfortunately, is all too common.

The reason these injuries occur is that youngsters often find their helmets uncomfortable or unwieldy. A poorly fitting helmet may obstruct a player's view and prevent him or her from reacting quickly when a ball gets away from the pitcher, which happens frequently. After all, if the pros are susceptible to wild pitches, it's unfair to hold adolescents to an even higher standard of control on the mound.

Features of Reliable Baseball Batting Helmets

There are certain attributes of well-built baseball batting helmets that should never be overlooked. One is a foam-padded interior that shields the head from the outer shell. Two is some type of adjustable rear strap to help form a tighter or looser fit around the head. These belts are less common on older helmets from the '80s and '90s but are cropping more often on newer models.

Third, batting helmets should offer some sort of ventilation either at the crown of the head or at the ear holes (or both). This too will condition youngsters to leave their helmets on not only at the plate, but while standing on base or in the on-deck circle as well. Finally, choose a helmet that has a chin strap to go with it, as this can keep the helmet from flying off after impact with a ball or the ground, thereby lessening the chance of injury.

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