Politics is a contact sport, one State Department staffer joked.
If she ends up running for president in 2016, she'll definitely need the helmet.
According to NBC News, Clinton received a standing ovation from aides who presented her with the helmet -- a joke reference to the fall that resulted in a concussion -- and a jersey. The jersey's number, 112, represents the number of countries Clinton has visited in her four years as secretary of state.
"When she walked in the room, she had a standing ovation from 75 people assembled," State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday.