In rough contact games such as lacrosse, head protection should be a requirement for all players. Lacrosse helmets are the best way to protect the head from injuries caused by falls or accidental hits from lacrosse balls, lacrosse sticks, or other players. But it's not enough to wear just any helmet – your head protection must be designed for the specific risks of lacrosse.
Anatomy of a lacrosse helmet
The typical lacrosse helmet has protruding chin and jaw areas for protecting the lower part of the head. In face forward falls, the chin and the jaw usually absorb the most impact. This design gives them adequate protection to prevent jaw or dental injuries. A typical lacrosse helmet also has a face mask or a set of grills on the front part of the helmet. This protects the face from oncoming balls or sticks without reducing the player's field of vision. The face mask also prevents eye injuries and surface damage such as cuts, scratches, and bruises.
Lacrosse helmet materials
Lacrosse helmets must be made from very strong and durable material such as steel, titanium, and chrome. Steel helmets are reinforced with iron oxides and are generally resistant to heat, making them great for playing on hot days. Titanium helmets can be made of pure titanium or a mix of titanium and chrome. Titanium is lighter and more durable than steel, and are usually the material of choice for goalsies. Pure chrome helmets are slightly heavier than titanium, but lighter than steel. These are less rigid and are easier to shape or bend, making them ideal for customized designs. However, they are less durable and tend to chip or dent more easily.