Maybe sports safety equipment makes you look a bit goofy, or it’s not too comfortable, but it is essential for preventing serious injuries! The point of a sport is to actually enjoy participating, so why would you want to be sitting on the bench for weeks because you didn’t want to wear safety equipment!
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear. Any sport that involves balls, racquets or flying objects poses a potential for eye injury. Flying objects are not the only hazard! Many eye injuries come from pokes and jabs by fingers in games where players are in close contact with each other. Sport goggles are made in plenty of shapes and sizes, and designed specifically for your sport! Some are even designed to fit in helmets that are used for football, hockey, and baseball. The lenses are usually made of polycarbonate, because it is an impact resistant material. Polycarbonate lenses also provide UV protection.
Helmets and Other Headgear
Helmets are designed to mitigate the likelihood of head injuries from an impact to the head by dissipating and distributing the energy of impact and protect the head from penetration. A typical helmet has a comfort liner, an impact energy attenuating liner, a restrain system, and a shell. Helmets used for bicycling and skiing are usually designed to tolerate a single impact. Once the helmet has sustained an impact, it should be replaced. Other helmets, like those used for football, hockey, and lacrosse, are designed to withstand multiple impacts of a season of games and practices. Concussions are never fun, and they can have serious lasting effects. You should get your helmet properly fitted, and make sure you are using one that is specifically designed for your specific sport.
I take pride in my smile! After enduring braces for a year, I would be devastated if anything ever happened to my pearly whites. Not only do mouth guards keep your teeth where they should be, but they also prevent tongue and lip injuries, while also reducing the risk of suffering a concussion, or a fractured jaw. Mouth guards are usually a staple for sport safety equipment. A properly fitted, custom mouth guard easily prevents dental injuries. There are three different types, ready-made/stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards, and custom made mouth guards made by a dentist. They vary in price and comfort, but all provide protection. The most effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, fit properly, and not restrict breathing or speech.
Shoulder pads are an essential piece of equipment used in contact sports. Modern shoulder pads consist of a shock absorbing foam material with a hard plastic outer covering. They help to protect the shoulder during contact with other players and the ground, which helps prevent injuries such as dislocations and shoulder strains. Shoulder pads are always improving. The advancements mean better ventilation, enhanced mobility, increased comfort, and better protection. Shin pads, or shin guards, are enforced during contact sports. The FIFA law states that the shin guards must be entirely covered by socks. Shin guards protect our vulnerable shins from the exposure to tackles, kicks, and other knocks. Our shinbones are not properly insulated by muscle and tissue! Wearing shin guards helps to prevent cuts, abrasions, and broken leg bones. The technology behind shin guards today is amazing. The most effective ones are made of carbon fiber and polypropylene.
Both adults and children in many sports, such as biking, skiing, skateboarding, hockey, and lacrosse, wear elbow pads. They prevent cuts, scrapes, and bruises as well as broken bones.