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Find the Right Helmet: Learn More About Football Helmets

Shield yourself on the gridiron.

Suit up for the game with a football helmet engineered for performance. Explore a variety of helmet materials, constructions, padding and facemask configurations—and find the fit that matches your game.

The latest football helmets deliver up the right blend of protection and playability. Innovative concussion-reduction technology provides superior shock absorption for your hardest hits, while ventilation systems keep you cool through the final second on the clock.

Discover your next football helmet from popular brands, including Riddell®, Schutt® and more.

Buying Tips

Learn more about the construction of your football helmet.

The outer component of a helmet is called the shell.

  • The shell is designed of ABS plastic or a polycarobonate alloy, designed to withstand aggressive contact.
  • Ventilation systems throughout the shell increase airflow, keeping you cool and comfortable when the game is tough.

Different types of padding are used to provide cushion within the shell. Padding is either pre-sized or inflatable. Remember, there should be no space between the temple and the helmet and the jaw and the helmet.

  • Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU) foam does not require compression or a break-in period. This material offered by select brands and provides optimal impact upon shock.
  • Vinyl nitrile foam delivers efficient shock absorption that comfortably protects the athlete. This material may require a break-in period.

Facemasks can be purchased as a part of the helmet or an individual piece

Masks are typically composed of carbon steel or stainless steel. This device should be lightweight, yet durable. Consider the different facemask designs available:

  • Oral protection-only delivers clear field of vision, ideal for quarterbacks, defensive backs and wide receivers.
  • Jaw and oral protection provides added protection for blocking and hitting. Many running backs and tight-ends opt for this model.
  • Nose, jaw and oral protection is beneficial for linemen who encounter constant hard hits.
  • Consider eyeglass and oral protection with your helmet.

Expert Advice

The right fit is critical for any football position. Follow this simple guide to determine your proper measurements and fit:

Measure Your Head

1. Have a friend or parent take your measurements to ensure accuracy.

2. Wrap measuring tape 1" above your eyebrows, around your head.

3. This is where your helmet will rest.

4. Record your circumference.

Once you have your measurements, refer to the specific size chart on the product page.

After Purchasing your Helmet:

1. Put on your helmet.

2. If you have inflatable pads, you will now need to pump air into the designated areas.

3. Pump air until the helmet feels snug front to back, and side to side.

4. If your helmet has interchangeable pads, you can change out thinner for thicker ones, so your head is secure.

5. The helmet should still be sitting 1-inch above the eyebrow.

6. Interlock your fingers and press down on the top of the helmet.

7. You should feel pressure on the crown, and not on the brow.

8. There should be no space between your temple and the helmet, and your jaw and the helmet.

9. Test moving the helmet left to right, up and down. There should be no shifting or twisting of the forehead or skin against the pads. All s