Spinal immobilization must be maintained while removing the
Helmet removal should be frequently practiced under proper
Specific guidelines for helmet removal need to be
In most circumstances, it may be helpful to remove cheek
padding and/or deflate air padding prior to helmet removal.
Football Helmet Removal Guidelines
The athletic helmet and chin strap should only be
If the helmet and chin strap do not hold the head securely,
such that immobilization of the helmet does not also immobilize the head.
If the design of the helmet and chin strap is such that
even after removal of the face mask the airway cannot be controlled, or
ventilation be provided.
If the face mask cannot be removed after a reasonable
period of time.
If the helmet prevents immobilization for transportation in
a appropriate position.
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