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How to Stay Cool in a Helmet

How to select the right helmet for skating in very hot weather, tips for staying hydrated, and how to keep your head cool and avoid overheating when you're wearing a skating helmet or a cycling helmet.



One of the most common reasons adult skaters and cyclists give for not wearing a helmet is the heat. On a very hot day, athletes think they have to choose between wearing a helmet to prevent head injuries, and keeping their head cool enough to prevent heatstroke. Here are some tips for keeping your head cool and comfortable inside a helmet: How to select the right helmet for skating in very hot weather, tips for staying hydrated, and how to keep your head cool when you're wearing a skating helmet or a cycling helmet. How to select the right helmet for skating in very hot weather, tips for staying hydrated, and how to keep your head cool when you're wearing a skating helmet or a cycling helmet.

Select the Right Helmet
  • Purchase a helmet with plenty of vents to allow air circulation.

  • Wear a light-colored helmet that will reflect the sun. A dark-colored helmet will absorb the heat.
Stay Hydrated
  • Always carry water, and drink plenty of it.

  • Wear a hydration pack when you skate.

  • Put ice cubes in your water bottle or hydration pack. (this is easier with the new wide-mouth models.)
How to Cool Off Your Head
  • Pour water over your head through the holes in your helmet.

  • Wrap a water-soaked bandana around your head, and wear it under your helmet. When you start to get hot, soak the bandana in water again.

  • Wear a water-soaked sweat band under your helmet to keep your head cool and prevent perspiration and sunscreen lotion from dripping into your eyes.

  • Sometimes baseball players put cabbage leaves under their baseball caps to keep their heads cool.

  • Avoid skating in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest. Skate early in the morning or late in the day.

  • Take more breaks on a very hot day. When you start feeling the heat, sit down and remove your helmet until you cool down.
You don't have to choose between heatstroke and a broken head. Follow these safety tips and you will find you can skate quite comfortably wearing a helmet, even on warm days. Some skaters say they actually feel the heat more if they remove their helmet, because the helmet shades their head.

If you have tried all of these ideas and you are still overheating, the best solution is not to skate at all that day, or find a place to skate in the shade. Heatstroke is very dangerous, but don't risk a head injury by skating without a helmet. If you fall on your head you could be permanently disabled or killed.



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