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Like all other spheres of human activity, sporting has also become increasingly competitive and for a sportsperson to excel, he/ she will have to extend to the farthest limits.Most sports spectators must be familiar with scenes like a player not getting up in pain after a fall, a race car driver sitting motionless after a crash or an injured player being escorted out of the game. This is the reason why it is imperative that sportspersons must wear the prescribed safety gear and safety equipment is critically needed for all types of games.Many sports injuries happen during practice. Do not be misled into thinking you only need safety athletic equipmentsduring the game. It is best you became aware of all the safety equipments needed for the sports you are getting trained for.
According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, in the United States, almost one million players of various levels are admitted to the emergency room for sports related injuries but half of these sports injuries are preventable.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission completed a study in 1996 of baseball safety equipment. It reported that use of proper safety equipment could reduce injuries in baseball trainees by 36 percent.Equipment used to play sports includes goal posts and balls. The National Campaign for Safety Equipment says that, there are 47,900 ball impact injuries to the head and neck per year due to non-use of safety equipments.
Personal equipment that individual players wear is of paramount importance for injury prevention. Knee and elbow pads, helmets and face guards are all crucial. Helmets with face guards are strongly recommended by sports officials. Mouth guards are recommended to prevent tooth loss and injury. Gum shields and mouth guards are worn in sports such as hockey, rugby and boxing, where there is a risk of being hit on the mouth. It is reported that eye safety equipment can prevent a whopping 90 percent of eye injuries. Special types of goggles are used for swimming and racing where things may be flung into the eye.