Lacrosse is quickly turning into the new fad which is surprising for a sport that may have been created as far back as 1100 AD. If you haven’t heard of lacrosse, it is a unique sport with elements of American football, soccer and hockey. The point of the game is to use a long handled stick with a net at one end or Crosse, to move a small rubber ball across the field and into the opponents goal. There is a lot of contact as each side tries to gain possession of the ball but you are allowed to use stick checking and positioning as well.
If you or your child is interested in playing Lacrosse either recreationally or professionally then you need to head down to a Ga Sporting Goods store and make sure you are well protected.
Lacrosse can get rough so to stay safe you will need:
- Gloves – Gloves are helpful for two reasons. The first is that with all of the Crosse sticks swinging around you can easily get your fingers banged up and even broken so you need the extra protection. The second is that some players will try to hit your hands to weaken your grip so they help you to play better as well.
- Helmet – Mandatory. Essentially Lacrosse is what would happen if you went to a football game and threw a bunch of bats onto the field. You not only have big guys ramming into you and using their bodies as a weapon, now you have to worry about taking a stick to the head as well. To protect yourself from a concussion, never go onto the field without a helmet on your head.
- Shoulder Pads – It is very important to have some form of shock absorption when you are slamming into other players and that is what your shoulder pads will do. It helps to protect you from any spine or neck injury that could otherwise result from the shock of contact.
- Arm Pads – Mostly to protect from bruising but still a good idea to have.
- Rib Padding (Optional) – It depends on the player. If you find yourself taking a lot of rib shots then they are a good idea but others feel like it just weighs them down.
- A Cup (Never Optional) – This needs no explanation.
Custom jerseys are also available at quality GA Sporting Goods stores but unless you are forming your own team, that should be provided for you.