Hamilton Health Sciences

Protective Helmets

The Prosthetic and Orthotic department has been assessing individuals of all ages and providing them with custom protective helmets for over 20 years. Each helmet is designed specifically to ensure that critical areas receive the maximum protection necessary for the individual.

In the past, sporting helmets have been adapted in an attempt provide protection for individuals. The problem with sporting helmets is that they are designed for a specific sporting activity and may only protect limited areas of the head leaving other areas vulnerable.

Concerns when using sporting helmets:

  • Weight - tends to be very heavy
  • Poor ventilation - can be very warm to wear
  • Some designs limit peripheral vision
  • Fails to remain on the persons head after they are on the ground

Our custom helmets offer improvements over the limitations found in sporting helmets.

  • Weight - strong lightweight materials are utilized to reduce the weight by half of a sporting helmet.
  • Poor ventilation - our helmets can have larger openings in non critical areas to allow better heat dissipation.
  • Peripheral vision - Our helmets ensure that the peripheral vision is not impeded by the design of the helmet.
  • our intimate fit and the inclusion of lateral neck strap ensures that the helmet remains in position during a fall or seizure.

Our custom helmets are used by individuals who have:

  • A lack of protective responses when they fall
  • Unstable gait causing falls
  • Seizure disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • Self abusive behaviour
  • Pica syndrome (consumption of foreign objects)

The two main designs we offer are a cranial cap design with a chin strap, and a full custom helmet which provides full chin protection. The full custom helmet can also have a clear plastic shield or a wire face cage added to it for additional facial protection.



 This helmet offers:

  • A clear full face shield to protect the face during falls but it can also be used to prevent the user from ingesting foreign objects
  • Lateral neck straps that prevent the user from removing it without assistance
  • Straps prevent the helmet from becoming disloged while on the ground during a seizure

Depending upon the persons primary diagnosis, they may qualify for provincial funding through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP).

Please contact Mike Hall C.O. to book an appointment for a custom helmet assessment or call our office at 905-521-2607.


Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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