Soccer is one of the most important games in the world. Not only is it easy to learn, it is also a great source of exercise. In addition, it is a fast-paced, exciting and game that’s lots of fun.
However, soccer is a sport that involves contact which means that injuries are bound to occur in this game. For instance, muscle pulls and sprains can occur due to all the running that is involved.
In order for you to ensure safety while playing, it is crucial that you have the right kind of gear. The following are some of the gears that are a ‘must have’ when playing soccer.
These protect your shins from being exposed to kicks, tackles and other knocks. One of the reasons why shins have to be protected is because they are not insulated properly by tissues and muscles. They also need protection because of their close proximity to the feet, which is where soccer action majorly takes place. Therefore because soccer involves almost 90% use of feet, protection of the shin becomes a priority.
When strapped to your lower leg, shin guards will protect your shins from possible cuts and impacts. They are lightweight and every soccer player should wear them, regardless of their age and ability. Shin guards help you play with confidence. Simply wear them under your socks.
The goalie gloves
In case you are playing as a goalkeeper, then you are going to need gloves. Apart from enabling you to grip the ball properly, gloves also protect your hands when you are punching or catching the ball.
Most of the gloves for the goalkeepers are made of latex because of the need for a greater hand movement. To properly encircle the wrist, they are have been secured with Velcro bands which totally encircle the wrist thereby protecting the goalie’s wrists from hard shots or spikes.
For the fingers, some of the goalie gloves are equipped with devices called ‘finger spines’. These ‘finger spines’ protect the fingers from possible injury and allow greater stability while deflecting and saving shots at the same time.
This is an undergarment for males that is aimed at supporting and protecting the male genitals during the soccer game. For more protection, some jockstraps have a small pocket on the front for placing the protective cup. This protective gear was originally made to be used by bicycle jockeys and that is how its nickname came about.
Sports can be fun, especially soccer which is a very easy game compared to other games. But in order for you to fully enjoy, you must put safety first. The above gears will help you do just that.
Soccer is with no doubt the most watched and played sport worldwide. The popularity of it could be for its simplicity or more for the beauty of the game- the dribbles, scrambles, kicks, goals and the ultimate cheers. Almost everyone can play soccer, provided you have a ball and some goal posts. But besides enjoyment, do you know soccer can adversely help improve your health, well-being and social ability?
Soccer for mental alertness
Soccer players kick harder, run faster and even think better than their non-sporty peers. Being a fast-paced game that requires players to make quick decisions, indulging in this game will help increase your concentration, critical thinking and good judgment. When you are mentally active, your mind is distracted from negative thoughts and daily stressors.
Soccer for burning body fat
Get off the couch and head to the field to play soccer if you want to ditch some pounds. Playing soccer takes your heart rate up and the constant running leaves you sweating profusely. The thing is; sweating means weight loss and hitting the field every single day with the same passion will see your belly pooch vanish in no time.
Soccer for boosting your self-confidence
Why do you think elite soccer players appear more confident and full of self-esteem? They face competitions and ‘elite’ experiences of life that help them achieve self-actualization. And according to Maslow hierarchy of needs, it is such experiences that boost their confidence a great deal. Therefore, playing soccer regularly will increase your stamina, improve your self-image and ultimately boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Soccer for better leadership traits
Studies show a correlation between leadership qualities and sports participation. As a soccer player, you have done it all- tough training, tried to score, won and lost altogether. You are therefore naturally likely to adopt a ‘team mindset’ at your workplace that will lead to strong leadership qualities over time.
Soccer for cardiovascular health
Isn’t it interesting that an average soccer player runs at least 5 miles in a full game? By constantly jogging, running and walking your heart rate remains high hence providing excellent cardiovascular exercise. In addition, your body will be in a position to resist plaque buildup on the arteries, reduce your blood pressure and most importantly strengthen the heart muscles.
Soccer for making you happier
You might not believe it, but sports are triggers of the happiness hormones commonly known as endorphins. By playing soccer, these hormones will release stress and depression, leaving you a happier and healthier person.
Soccer is a relatively simple sport and a hobby that will cost you very little. You can either join a local team or play in your backyard alone or with family. May these few soccer benefits motivate you to play the game more often and soon you will notice how your health, brain function, and social life has greatly improved.