Baseball Batting Helmets are critical to ensuring the safety of youth and adult ballplayers. From the top all the way down, players are required to wear them. So get acclimated early on by finding one that suits you best. One that maximizes comfort and breathability throughout, and tailors to your specific head size. For most, the ideal helmet is lightweight in feel, but iron clad in its ability to protect.
Today,Â batting helmets amplify the big three: protection, performance, and comfort. ABS plastic offers the high impact resistance most players covet. Foam layers are what consistently absorb shock and improve comfort. Additionally, airflow vents and sweat wicking liners within the typical batting helmet keep you cool in even the most high leverage stakes.
Evolution of the Baseball Helmet:
In the early 1900s, the MLB tested leather made "protective earmuffs." These never gained much traction, though. It took the tragic ends of careers, and even lives, due to head trauma sustained during game play, for the league to pursue concrete change. The MLB now deems constant advances in headwear necessary for the survival of the game and, more importantly, the survival of players who make it as great as it is. Over time, helmets with no earflaps debuted in the league. Soon thereafter, "Little League" style helmets with earflaps on both sides took over. Now, at the professional level, helmets with one earflap have become the norm. But at the youth and amateur levels, double earflap helmets still reign supreme.
In recent years, steel caged helmets or helmets built with chin and jaw protection have gained notoriety thanks to MLB All Stars like Giancarlo Stanton and Jason Heyward. For the most part, helmets have come along way since their roots in protecting players and preserving short term and long term safety.