Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sports equipment safety

Whether you are an old time sports player, or you’re just in it because either the doctor recommended it or swimsuit season is coming (somewhere at least!), you need to be safe. Don’t underestimate the damage that can occur if you don’t use the proper equipment, even if what you’re doing is health-related to begin with!

In order to properly perform and enjoy exercise you need to wear the correct apparel. Make sure when acquiring the equipment, that it suits your body, shape and skill level. Picking the wrong things may cause improper use and result in injuries.
If it’s possible, try out the equipment, see how it feels. Make sure that you can return it or exchange it if it turns out that it does not fit your need even if you thought it would.
Buying them is only a part of the job. Make sure you take proper care of it and check it regularly for working order.

Eye protection
Some sports are rough and may endanger your eyes from fast moving balls, elbows or other players running (more like slamming!) into you.
Goggles and glasses might make you look less “cool”, but an eye-patch will be even worse if you injure your eye! Halloween only comes once a year, so I’d go for the goggles.
Some people think that the use of goggles will diminish your vision and performance and they’re wrong! Here are some quick things to take into account:

·         Sunglasses in outdoor sport activities will prevent UV rays damage to your eyes. You can fasten them with straps and they won’t fall off. If you play a sport that has collision chances, getting shatter-resistant lenses will go a long way. You can get sunglasses anywhere from $25 to $200 and up.
·         Rough sports like racquetball, paddleball, squash and handball will most definitely require the use of goggles. These sports are played in closed spaces with balls flying very fast. That only gives you a second to react and if you don’t, you can get hurt really badly. They can also be fastened so they won’t fall and they need to cover the eye completely. They won’t diminish your vision and they might even help, they will keep the sweat off your eyes!
·         Skiers know how much easier the sport can get if you simply use goggles. Apart from the obvious factor of taking care of your eyes from the UV damage, that can be caused by the rays reflecting on the white snow, goggles will shield you against rain, snow and wind once you’re up and going. They can range from $25 and up.
·         Swimming goggles will improve your performance because they can help you see better when swimming. Also, they will protect your eyes against damage cause by pool chemicals. When buying goggles, make sure to make different facial expressions so your muscles will move and you can see if the goggles don’t move with it. These can go anywhere from $5 to $150.

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