Where did the summer of 2015 go? Technically it’s still here, but the fall sports season has already started in earnest. It won’t be long until Friday night lights, soccer matches and volleyball courts across the country are in full swing.
Since Urgent Care Extra always has an eye toward your health and safety, we thought it would be a good idea to review some sports accessories and add-ons for the upcoming scholastic sports schedule. Whether your sport is football, soccer or volleyball, you’ll find something worth your consideration. For parents of a certain age, it’s probably hard to believe how far protective equipment has come. School sports in the 70s, 80s and 90s almost seem like games played on another planet! Parents today would never dream about having the protective gear available for today’s kids.
Not Pampered…Properly Protected!
Let’s do a quick review on the most essential safety items that’ll help ensure a more worry-free sports season:
- Football rib pads – with all the focus on concussions in football – youth football as well; not just the NFL and NCAA ranks – it’s easy to forget about other protective gear. Make sure your child has comfortable, well-padded rib pads for games and practice.
- Soccer headgear – speaking of concussions, soccer players are surprisingly vulnerable. Falls to the ground, collisions, even a badly-played header – there are no shortage of concussion threats. For these reasons and many others, having padded headgear makes a lot of sense. These “hats” are becoming more prevalent (and popular), especially in the wake of all the negative concussion studies lately.
- Volleyball knee pads – in volleyball, knees take a pounding – especially for those all-out digs. Proper protection is essential, and knee pads deliver the required protection. Look for knee pads with perimeter padding – they not only lessen frontal impact, but they also shield against teammates’ knees, sideways falls and more.
A Quick Mouthful on Mouthpieces
Beyond the usual suspects, it’s also a good idea to invest in a mouthpiece. For a variety of school sports (not just for the fall season, but year-round), mouthpieces are a wise investment (and a small investment, too). Even the American Dental Association (ADA) touts the numerous benefits of teeth, gums & tongue protection. One study showed athletes without mouth protection experienced about a 75% increase in injuries than athletes who wore mouthpieces (anywhere from 60% – 90% more). One of the most popular athletes in the world, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, wears a mouthpiece. Well, maybe not during his free throw attempts, but you get the idea.
Urgent Care Extra is the perfect place to get your school sports physical. Just call and schedule an appointment, or simply walk right in to any of our 40+ office locations in the Las Vegas and Phoenix metro areas.
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