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Getting Used to Your First Football Helmet

By Mike Staudt, 08/16/17, 9:30AM CDT

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It hardly matters whether you’re eight or eighteen years-old, it will be tough to adjust to your first football helmet. 

More often than not, players will complain about the tight fit and lack of peripheral vision. Even a properly fitted helmet can cause discomfort for athletes, thanks to its unusual feel and extra weight you’re carrying around. CoachUp has compiled a list of handy tips that can go a long way towards transitioning into your new helmet a little bit smoother.

Helmets at Home

After you get your helmet fitted, don’t toss it in your bag and wait until the first practice. Instead, start wearing it right away. Start with thirty minutes at a time and wear it while you’re reading, watching television or getting ready for school. Make sure you buckle your chinstrap and use your mouth piece, too! Breaking in your helmet can go a long ways towards increasing your comfort level on the field. Football workouts in the heat are hard enough, so don’t make things harder on yourself by jumping into the action with a stiff helmet. If you still have trouble during the first couple of weeks of practice, wear the helmet on off days until you can wear it with little or no discomfort.