Fitting a Child with a Football Helmet

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Football Helmet

Ali Mesiwala, MD, joined the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., as a neurosurgeon and its medical director in 2005. Beyond his professional activities, Ali Mesiwala, MD, gives back to the local community as a medical director with the Snoop Youth Football League.

The helmet is the single most important piece of equipment a young football player owns. In order to reap the full protective benefits of a helmet, children and their parents must find a helmet that fits properly. The fitting process begins by making a general inspection of a helmet to ensure that both the exterior and interior of the helmet are clean and in good working order. Gathering pertinent information about the athlete is equally important, if not more so. Children who have experienced concussions or broken noses in the past should receive added attention, as should any athlete who has previously struggled with helmet fits.

Once general information has been processed, parents and coaches can begin taking helmet and athlete measurements. Measurements should begin at the side of the head, roughly one inch above a child’s brow. Helmet sizes range from medium to extra-large, accommodating cranial circumferences between 20 and 25.5 inches. Parents may need to contact specialty manufacturers if they cannot find an adequate match.

After finding a helmet with compatible measurements, parents and coaches must review the helmet as the player wears it during physical activities. To check the helmet’s fit on a child, adults can pull the helmet directly down to ensure evenly distributed pressure. The helmet should also be worked from side to side and rolled from the back of the head to the front. In both cases, the helmet should grip the player’s head firmly without sliding in any direction.


Snoop Youth Football League – Player Forms and Contracts

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Snoop Youth Football League

Ali Mesiwala, MD, oversees patient care and leads research projects as a neurosurgeon and the medical director of the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Pomona, California. Away from work, Ali Mesiwala, MD, supports local philanthropic organizations such as the Snoop Youth Football League and serves as its medical director.

Children and families interested in joining the Snoop Youth Football League must first complete a number of health and conduct forms, including a player season contract. The contract covers a number of topics, ranging from basic information, such as the child’s birth date and school name, to more league-specific subjects like Snoop Youth Football rules and regulations. The contract also includes an insurance disclosure, an emergency medical release section, and a parent’s acknowledgment of participation.

There are several additional forms players and their families must review and sign. The league’s physical form gathers traditional physical statistics for each child, such as height and weight, as well as more advanced information like blood pressure and subjects such as posture and range of motion. There are also areas where parents can describe any relevant physical ailments or abnormalities.

In addition, the Snoop Youth Football League maintains a contract and a parent and player code of conduct form for cheerleaders. To review each of these forms or to learn more about the league, visit

Educational Programs at the Claremont Museum of Art

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Claremont Museum of Art

Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the medical director of the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Pomona, California. In addition, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art.

In response to diminishing art programs in local schools, the Claremont Museum of Art has provided the Claremont, California, community with a number of educational art programs, including Project ARTstART, ARTpix, and Family Art.

Through Project ARTstART, high school-aged children are provided the opportunity to communicate their appreciation for the fine arts to elementary school students. Over the last six years, the program has aggregated a leadership force of 60 high school students teaching at three local schools, as well as a number of college mentors, who oversee their activities.

The ARTpix program, designed in the mold of the popular ARToon program, which emphasized the art behind professional cartooning, is based in the El Roble Intermediate School and focuses on the art of photography. Finally, the museum’s Family Art program has established a presence at various festivals throughout the Claremont region, offering engaging artistic resources to both children and adults.

The 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Ali Mesiwala, MD, has spent 11 years as a neurosurgeon and the medical director of the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Pomona, California. Complementing his work at Chaparral, Ali Mesiwala, MD, maintains memberships in professional organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is set to host the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles between April 22 and 26. The 85th annual meeting will explore the theme of Neurosurgery: A World of Innovation. Topics of interest expected to be covered at the meeting range from recent technological advances in the field to innovations in areas of international neurological education. As customary at these annual meetings, breakout sessions will address subjects of general interest to neurosurgeons as well as specialty services.

Information on registration for the 85th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting can be found at Scientific session registration will open to members and non-members in November, while the advance registration period is set to close on March 22, 2017.