Did you know that playing tennis with a badly strung racquet while wearing worn-out shoes can be just as dangerous as playing football without shoulder pads? Using the wrong - or improperly fitted - equipment is a major cause of injuries.
Thomas Evans knows about sports and safety he a decade long coach for teens and kids sports. Take a look at his list of equipment you should wear while participating in sports and other activities.
Mr. Evans notes 'The right equipment is key to preventing injuries.Start with helmets: They're important for sports such as football, hockey, baseball, softball, biking, skateboarding, inline skating, skiing, and snowboarding - to name just a few.'
Eye protection though often overlooked is also essential also is a must for many sports.
Mouthguards can protect your mouth, teeth, and tongue:
Wrist, knee, and elbow guards are important gear, too:
If you play certain sports, especially contact sports, pads are essential:
Some guys may also need to wear a protective cup (to protect the testicles):
And last but not least, the right footwear can keep you from tripping and falling:
'Important Note: Not only is the right kind of equipment important, so is the right fit.' says Thomas Evans. He stresses to everyone that if you don't know if your equipment fits properly, check with a coach, gym teacher, athletic trainer, or parent to make sure you have the right size and that you're wearing it correctly. Many sporting goods stores can also help you find the right fit.
The bottom line: Wearing the right equipment with the right fit dramatically decreases your chances of getting hurt.