Sports safety equipment and gear may sometimes look unfashionable or odd, but using the proper safety gear for your sport is necessary to prevent serious injuries or reduce the severity of an injury you may face. After all, the point of sport is to enjoy participating, and getting injured can keep you off the playing field for a few weeks or more.
So, to prevent you from these injuries, here are some of the most important pieces of safety equipment for sports and gear for athletes of all types of sports.
• PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 90% of all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented using appropriate protective eyewear. This advice applies to athletes or everyone who participates in sports.
There are a variety of clear and tinted goggles and sunglasses for nearly all the spots, so shop around for the ones that fit your style and your face and keep your eyes protected.
If you play hockey or football while wearing a helmet, it is a “no-brainer,” but many athletes participate in sports with a high risk of head injury but still have helmets as optional. Moreover, with growing awareness of the dangers concussions can cause later in life, the necessity of proper head protection has become apparent.
If you ski, cycle, skateboard, inline skate, or snowboard, you need to consider a helmet as standard sports safety equipment. A properly fitted helmet is designed for the sport you play, significantly decreasing your risk of suffering a brutal head injury or even death.
• MOUTH GUARDS
If you have ever been smacked in the jaw by a stray ball or flying elbow while playing sports, you may probably know how vital a mouth guard is to keep your teeth where they need to be that will be in your mouth. But these mouth guards can also help prevent tongue and lip injuries and may help to reduce the risk of a concussion or fractured jaw.
Mouth guards should be considered mandatory safety equipment during sports that risks face, mouth, or jaw injury. The most efficient mouthguards fit well and are comfortable, but they are also durable, stay in place, do not restrict speaking and breathing, and are very easy to clean.
• SAFETY GUARDS AND PADS
Sports safety equipment like guards and pads are standard equipment in dozens of activities. Protective pads are required if you play certain contact sports such as football or hockey, but you should wear pads for any contact sports. The style and type of pads seem endless and include knee, elbow, chin, chest, neck, wrist, shoulder, thigh, and hip pads.
Some sports, like skateboarding and inline skating, include knee, wrist, and elbow guards as standard equipment. These rigid plastic guards prevent scrapes, cuts, and abrasions and may reduce the odds of significant strain, sprain, or even a fracture after a hard fall.
Knee pads and wrist guards can be a great benefit even in snowboarding. A wipeout on a snowboard usually involves you naturally reaching out with your arms to break your fall, and in the process, it is straightforward to break a wrist.
• PROPER FOOTWEAR
The type of shoe you wear during certain sports can be easily added to the sports safety equipment list.
Sports cheat essential during field sports such as baseball, football, and soccer. The right running shoes can decrease your risk of overuse injuries, and special cycling shoes can reduce foot pain and increase your pedaling efficiency. Court shoes with support and good traction are designed for tennis, racquetball, and basketball.