How do I make sure my helmet is safe?

Make sure the helmet is in good working condition, with no cracks or anything hanging off it. Look for a sticker approving the helmet for sports from the National Operating Committee for Sports Equipment (NOCSAE) on the back of the helmet.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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