It’s a rite of passage for Canadian parents as much as it is for our kids. As soon as they’re old enough to hold a stick, our toddlers are learning the game in living rooms, driveways and cul-de-sacs across the country, trying to keep up with the big kids.
And then the time comes when we head to the rink with our new generation of hockey lovers. We place pint-size pads on their bony shoulders, pull on hockey shorts and cinch them tight to keep them from falling down to their ankles and get down on our knees to tighten laces.
Then, just before we send our tiny athletes out the dressing room door, we put on their hockey helmets, press the button straps firmly until we hear that familiar snap and try to hold in our emotions as we choke out “Now go have fun!”
“How did we get here so fast?” we ask each other as our kids file onto the ice. And we wonder quietly to ourselves, “How do we keep our babies safe? There’s still so much to come.”
It was almost a decade ago when I snapped my son’s hockey helmet straps and sent him out for his first ice time. Now, as the play gets faster and more intense, I’m even more concerned that he’s well protected, so I make sure to buy quality gear. And, of course, nothing is more important than his head.
Helmets aren’t a piece of gear that I want to compromise on—I want my son’s brain safe. I am grateful that companies like CCM are taking safety and concussion concerns seriously as they work to create innovative products to help protect athletes from injury.
My son and I are both thrilled with the new CCM Resistance Helmet. This is the revolutionary kind of helmet I want on my child.
According to CCM, the technology in the new Resistance Helmet was developed after years of scientific research with Oblique Technology and the University of Ottawa: “Using data collected by the Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory, the R.E.D. [rotational energy dampening] System was created to help better manage the rotational aspect of hockey hits to the head. Combining the R.E.D. System with a series of impact pods that focus on the linear aspect of impacts, the CCM Resistance Helmet has a liner that was truly engineered through cutting-edge science.”
And, according to my thirteen-year-old son, this is the kind of comfortable, easy-to-adjust, sleek-looking helmet he wants to wear.
I can’t protect my child from everything that might happen in his life. But at least with the CCM Resistance Helmet, I’m doing everything I can to protect his head while he’s on the ice.
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CCM partnered with the University of Ottawa’s Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory to create this innovative hockey helmet. It offers top-notch protection with the help of “impact pods” and Rotational Energy Dampening (RED) technology, both of which help to better manage side impact to the head. The easy adjustment mechanism on the back of the helmet makes it simple to get the most comfortable — and safest — fit possible.
Where to buy: $260, ccmhockey.com>