2. HelmetsIf you play football or hockey, wearing a helmet is clearly a "no-brainer," but many athletes who participate in sports with a high risk of head injury still see the helmet as optional. If you cycle, ski, snowboard, skateboard, or inline skate you should also consider a helmet standard equipment. A properly fitted helmet, designed for the specific sport you play, significantly decreases your risk of suffering a serious head injury.
3. Mouth GuardsIf you've ever been smacked in the jaw by a stray ball or flying elbow while playing sports, you probably know how essential a mouth guard is to keeping your teeth intake. But mouth guards also help prevent tongue and lip injuries, and reduce the risk of suffering a concussion or fractured jaw.
Mouth guards should be considered mandatory safety equipment during sports that have any risk of injury to the face, jaw, and mouth. The most effective mouth guards fit well and are comfortable, but they also stay in place, are durable, easy to clean and don't restrict speaking and breathing.
Some sports, such as inline skating and skateboarding, include wrist, knee, and elbow guards as standard equipment. These hard plastic guards prevent cuts, scrapes and abrasions and reduce the odds of a major sprain, strain or even a fracture after a hard fall.
Sports cleats are important during field sports, such as football, baseball, and soccer.
The right running shoes can decrease your risk of overuse injuries.
Special cycling shoes can reduce foot pain and increase your pedaling efficiency.
Court shoes with support and good traction are designed specifically for basketball, tennis, and racquetball.