Essential hockey equipment guide for beginners

Playing sport is an excellent way to enrich your life, make new friends and improve your fitness. If you want to give field hockey a try, here is an overview of the equipment you will need to keep yourself protected as you learn the intricacies of this exciting game.

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Mouth Guards and Gum Shields

Field hockey is a fast-paced and contact-heavy sport, so protecting your teeth is important if you want to keep your winning smile. This Mercury News article also explains how smart mouth guards can be used to monitor the effects of impact injuries. Ultimately, your mouth guard should fit comfortably and not prohibit you from communicating or breathing with ease.

Gloves

Every player has their own personal idea of what makes the perfect pair of hockey gloves. Whether you opt for a pair that provides additional protection or gloves that don’t restrict the movement of your hands in any way, they should be comfortable to wear and not compromise your grip on your hockey stick.

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Knee and Elbow Pads

If you fall, your elbows and knees are likely to absorb a fair amount of the impact as you land. Although not compulsory, wearing some well-fitting elbow and knee pads will protect your joints and help to ensure that you will be able to get right back up after a fall and keep playing.

Shin Pads

No one likes taking a hockey ball or stick to the shins. A pair of shin pads will keep you injury-free and on the field until you have completed all of your hockey training drill videos for the day.

Hockey Sticks

Many hockey players quickly form a strong bond with their hockey stick. Your coach will be able to advise you on the most appropriate stick for the techniques you will be learning. If you want to get an idea of the types of activities you can expect to be doing, visit Sportplan for hockey training drill videos.

Helmets

Aside from goalkeepers, many field hockey players do not wear a helmet. As a beginner, however, you might slip, trip or fall frequently as you are learning important skills and techniques. Wearing a well-fitting helmet will likely give you an additional level of confidence that will allow you to focus on building your skillset without needing to worry about getting injured.