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  • Yes. The number one piece of safety equipment is a mouthguard and it is compulsory to wear one in many parts of the word. Not only does it protect your teeth, it also lessens the impact of facial knocks. Ask your dentist about a custom-fitted Air Gard mouthguard or simply purchase the quick-fit Air Gard mouthguard, which you then boil and bite. The Air Gard mouthguards are the most technologically advanced mouthguard in the world because of a unique and patented technique that injects air into the mould. These air cells provide extra absorption that allows the mouthguard to withstand more impact and therefore minimise injuries. The air pockets give the mouthguards extra strength, whereas a normal mouthguard would have to be three times the size to have the same strength and absorption. I also believe in the virtues of head gear. I've worn head gear throughout my career and I have no doubt it's saved me from some heavy knocks and helped prolong my playing days. Canterbury of New Zealand has four types of head gear – the Ventilator, Honeycomb, Armourlite and Raptor – which have different padding and material, plus different types of breathability and moisture management to suit any rugby player (and any budget). Nowadays the head gear is not only extremely practical, it's quite funky! So don't be embarrassed to wear head gear. It's the sensible thing to do! The same goes for shoulder pads, chest protection vests and shin pads. If you're in a position where this type of safety equipment helps, don't try to be a hero. Use it! Canterbury also has thermals which are superb for cold weather play and training. Made from wetsuit material, I can vouch for the benefits of a wet weather vest or thermal bike pants. http://www.canterburynz.com/rugby/sponsor/josh.htm
  • Safety Equipment Protective safety equipment has been developed and recommended for many different sports. The purpose of the equipment is to help prevent and reduce the severity of injuries. The use of safety equipment is usually recommended as a result of research by health professionals that identified a high risk of injury in a particular sport or recreational activity. The use of safety equipment may be advocated by the government, national medical organizations, public health professionals, safety groups, national governing bodies of sports or sports associations to prevent many different types of injuries, especially catastrophic injuries. A national health objective in Healthy People 2000 regarding safety equipment states: "Extend requirements of the use of effective head, face, eye, and mouth protection to all organizations, agencies and institutions sponsoring sporting and recreation events that pose risk of injury." Standards for Safety Equipment The following national organizations have developed standards for safety equipment: Equipment Certifications Protective Eyewear: Protective eyewear standards currently exist for racket sports, women's lacrosse, paintball, and youth baseball. They have been developed through voluntary consensus by subcommittees of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) which include concerned manufacturers, consumers, experts, and other interested parties. The following organization has been created to assist consumers, sports organizations, eye care professionals, manufacturers and sports officials. The PECC seal on protective eyewear will assure that it protects adequately and has been tested and certified. Helmets: Helmets have been proven effective in either preventing brain injury or reducing the severity of brain and head injuries. Helmets do not protect the neck. Sport specific helmets have been designed to address different risk factors peculiar to each sport. Variables include different biomechanical forces on the skull and various possible impact sites. Forces differ because of distances to the ground associated with falls, playing surfaces, playing equipment, and speed of movement intrinsic to the sport. Helmets have been either mandated or recommended for the following sports and recreational activities: auto & motor sports -equestrian sports -rollerblading -snowmobiling baseball -football -rugby- women's softball - bicycling- hockey -skateboarding -wrestling boxing -lacrosse- skiing Standards for helmets have been developed by the American Society for Testing & Materials, National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, Snell Memorial Foundation, and the American National Standards Institute. For more information on helmets, see the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation's publication list. Mouth Guards: Mouth protectors help prevent injury to the mouth, teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. They also cushion blows that might cause concussions or jaw fractures. Even though a mouth protector is worn, it is still possible for a tooth to be knocked out; however, the wearing of a protector will reduce tooth injuries to a minimum. It is recommended that mouth guards be worn by all athletes during practice and competition of contact and collision sorts. The American Dental Association recommends mouth guards for the following sports: acrobatics football martial arts skiing volleyball basketball gymnastics racquetball skydiving water polo boxing handball rugby soccer weight lifting discus throwing ice hockey shot putting squash wrestling field hockey lacrosse skate boarding surfing For more information on dental injuries see the Foundation's publication list. Face Protection The American Society for Testing and Materials has developed standards for face protection for baseball and ice hockey. Ref.--http://www.nyssf.org/safetyequipment.html
  • Yes, however it not compulsary. Safety Gear includes: Headgear, Mouth Guard, Shoulder Pads, Forearm Guard, Shin Pads as well as mits/gloves.
  • they were pads and stuff and a mouth gaurd.
  • yes they do you idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Yes mouthguards are a must and for some players headgear esp for the locks or flankers
  • that depends on waht you feel is nessicrary. A mouth gaurd is compulsory but everything else is optional
  • Some, but headgear, mouthguards, shoulder pads and groin cups are more important.
  • Yes, they do it for sure. It's for their safety... ref: http://www.safetekusa.com

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