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Physical fitness facts for kids

Physical activities for children are very important for the overall health, well being and development. But the fact that should not be overlooked that is that most physical activities require various pieces of protective and other equipment which are essential when it comes to preventing various different types of injuries.

Essential Equipment for Children

Among the most important pieces of equipment for most different types of physical activities that children like indulging in are helmets. Helmets are of utmost importance when it comes to participating in snowboarding, skiing, inline skating, skateboarding, biking, softball, baseball, hockey, football and many others. One should always wear a helmet designed for the specific sport. The helmet should always meet different safety standards as well. The helmet always has to fit nicely and comfortably without tilting forwards and backwards. Another important piece of equipment which is a must in many sports is eye protection. Most protective eye gear is made from a specific type of plastic which is referred to by the name of polycarbonate. There are various guards, shields and facemasks which can be attached to the helmet for use in sports such as baseball, softball, ice hockey and football. Another type of eye protection are goggles, and those are commonly used in sports such as softball, baseball, street hockey, snowboarding, racquet sports, basketball and soccer, among others. Those who wear glasses should not worry, because prescription polycarbonate goggles can also be purchased. All pieces of eye protection gear should always fit securely, and need to have cushions on the areas over the nose and above the eyebrows.

Safety protectors in sport

Mouthguards are very important when it comes to protecting the mouth, tongue and teeth. Those are supposed to be worn in most contact sports and sports which may involve head injuries, such as wrestling, boxing, martial arts, volleyball, hockey, basketball, football and many others.  Elbow, knee and wrist guards need to be worn when indulging in skateboarding, inline skating and similar physical activities because they are very efficient in preventing cuts, fractures and breaks. Thigh, hip, shoulder, chest, wrist, elbow, knee and shin pads are very important in contact sports, inline skating and hockey, among others. Protective cups for the testicles are sometimes worn when indulging in soccer, baseball, basketball, football and hockey. The right type of footwear for each and every type of sport is also very important. It is also essential to make sure that all the equipment always fits perfectly. 

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