That helmet is a professional-grade baseball helmet, which I removed the bill from, spray-painted gold, and added leather cheek pieces and a horse-hair plume to for aesthetics (see attached). It has saved me from a concussion on countless occasions because our swing calibration is, in fact, very high. Why, just last week I was hit by a full-force downward stroke from a 6lb two-hander which, were it a real sword, would have cut me in half from crown to sternum.
Further, that shield you see me bearing weighs 17 lbs and is a punch shield to boot. Players on our field (myself included) have been struck across the head with it, been swept/knocked off their feet by it, and had the wind knocked out of them. My guess is we hit just as hard as you guys in Dag. I look forward to meeting you in battle someday
And yes, Tooka, you're right. Most of us do have our weapons covered, I just need to get off my lazy bum and buy some nylons or socks or something that'll fit the curvature of that sword.