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All skating sports can be an
easy, fun, and healthy activity.
Like any other activity that involves high speed, and balance, not wearing the right kind of protection can prove to be a bad idea. Everyone falls at some point.
Right protective equipment reduces the chance of injury, gives more confidence, and allows concentration on the learning session. Especially when you play one of the fastest sports in the world.
A set of
protective gear. Comfort and safety for any skater.
Helmet - Bicycle or skate helmet
It’s the top priority for safety gear. The helmet is the most important layer between your skull and the hard surface you are riding on.
The helmet is supposed to provide us with safety and protection of the head in the event of an accident.
Knee Pads - Wearing knee pads is not just for kids or inexperienced skaters. The knees and wrists are the most exposed parts of the body. Knee injuries are not only bruises, you can get really serious injuries that can lead to more complications.
Knee pads do not restrict your riding freedom. They are constructed in such a way as not to stiffen the knees, but only to provide protection in the event of contact with the ground and an appropriate degree of depreciation.
Wrist Guards - Very important because the wrists are the most exposed part of the body when skating. In the event of a fall, it is with our hands that we try to absorb the fall. Thanks to properly selected protectors, we are able to minimize the risk of abrasions, and even more serious injuries and injuries. Therefore, it is very important to optimally stiffen the wrist and protect the skin of the hand.
Elbow Pads - They are especially important for beginner skaters. The design of the elbow pads is similar to the knee pads, but the differences are visible in shape and size. They do not stiffen, so they leave the hands free to move, but they provide solid cushioning and protect the skin against abrasions.
Skates -Recreational and fitness inline skates are the most frequently chosen type of inline skates.
It is especially recommended for beginners and people who prefer recreational riding.
These skates are intended for recreational, less intensive skating, which is mainly aimed at relaxation.
In this type of inline skates, the most important thing is the comfort and convenience of use. The main differences are the binding systems, the size of the wheels, the material of the skid, and the buckles.
You can choose skates with a soft boot or a hard boot.
Whether you choose a soft or hard shoe depends on your preferences.
A soft shoe is usually more comfortable and better ventilated.
A hard shoe is usually more stable and gives you more control.
Size adjustable skates - this type of skates is designed for children and teenagers. Usually, the adjustment is for 4 sizes. Thanks to this solution, the child can use the product for at least two seasons.
Helmet- The helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment. Players and officials must wear CSA / HECC-approved helmets, with a properly-fastened chin strap. Goaltenders must wear approved face masks.
Full face protection (cage or full shield) is required for players under 18 years of age.
Gloves - All players must wear approved ice / inline hockey gloves. Should allow for movement while protecting well past the wrist. Gloves not only provide protection from sticks, or pucks but they are helpful in absorbing the shock of your stick when you shoot a slap shot. One of the safety features of hockey gloves is thumb protection which is an area that is armored and fixed in a position that helps protect it from sprains and breakage. The glove should offer freedom of movement in all positions without chafing or restricting movement.
Elbow Pads - All players must wear approved elbow pads.
Shin Guards - All players must wear shin guards designed for ice or roller hockey.
Eyeglasses - Any eyeglasses must have plastic, not glass, lenses.
Jersey and Long Pants - As all equipment must be covered a jersey and long pants are required.
Skates - Skates must be inline skates, but should not be aggressive skating skates. Skates must be free of any unsafe protrusions. Quad skates are forbidden.
Professional hockey skates. Hockey inline skates are durable and strong equipment intended for the game of hockey. Hockey skates should be stable and have good control and maneuverability. The most important thing is that they are hard enough to protect the leg from possible injury. Professional hockey skates do not have a brake. They can be divided into models for goalkeepers and players.
Optional Padded Shirt - Young inline hockey players are not allowed to wear shoulder/ chest pads. However, some players feel more comfortable and protected wearing a padded shirt. This is a breathable stretch shirt with pieces of foam and/or hard plastic shells inserted.
Hockey stick - Should be long enough to reach your nose when not on skates, or lips where you are on skates. The stick should have a curve that suits the player. Ice hockey sticks are either composite or wooden.
Helmet - Most hockey injuries occur to the head and face. The helmet should fit snugly. Helmets should be certified by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) or Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). For junior players up to 18 years of age full facial protection is mandatory. Players must have either a full-face cage or a full visor attached to their helmet. Also should include a protective chin cup and a chin strap.
Gloves - should allow for movement while protecting well past the wrist. Gloves not only provide protection from sticks, or pucks but they are helpful in absorbing the shock of your stick when you shoot a slap shot. One of the safety features of hockey gloves is thumb protection which is an area that is armored and fixed in a position that helps protect it from sprains and breakage. The glove should offer freedom of movement in all positions without chafing or restricting movement.
Shoulder/chest pads - protect shoulders, collarbone, chest, upper arms, belly, upper back, and spine during collisions with other players or a flying puck. Should not be too tight or too loose.
Elbow pads - protect the elbows, forearm, and a portion of the upper arm. When properly fitted the top of the elbow pad should meet the bottom of the arm of the shoulder pad and extend down the forearm to the top of the glove. The elbow pad should not restrict the movement of the elbow.
Shin pads - are designed to protect the shin and knees, lower leg (knee and shin) pads should have a hard plastic exterior and reach the top of your skates.
Ice hockey pants - a good quality pair of hockey pants with adequate padding in all of these areas is critical. These should reach to the knee and offer padding in the front, rear, and sides of the upper legs and midsection.
Socks and a jersey - Ice hockey socks go over the shin pads and help hold them in place. The jersey is worn as a top over the shoulder pads, and helps keep straps secure and everything in place.
Shorts with jock - groin protection, is essential for male players.
Neck protectors - These are mandatory for those under 18 years of age. Although some leagues don't require them, these protect the neck from injury.
Mouthguard - these protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue, and can help prevent jaw injuries.
Ice Skates - they have a plastic armor that is resistant to damage and scratches, which perfectly protects against external damage. Should fit your size and foot shape, offer plenty of ankle support, and have a steel or hard plastic toe cup. Keep skates sharp so they perform better and are less likely to get caught in ruts in the ice.
Hockey stick - should be long enough to reach your nose when not on skates, or lips where you are on skates. The stick should have a curve that suits the player. Ice hockey sticks are either composite or wooden.
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