Protective gear in sports

Personal protective equipment serves an integral role in maintaining the safety of an athlete participating in a sport. The usage and development of protective gear in sports has evolved through time, and continues to advance over time. Many sports league or professional sports mandate the provision and usage of protective gear for athletes in the sport. Usage of protective gear is also mandated in college athletics and occasionally in amateur sports.[1]

American football

Association football

Auto racing


  • helmet
  • gloves
  • batting gloves
  • cleats
  • shin, elbow, upper arm guards
  • hand and wrist guard for runners
  • chest protectors, shin guards, and a helmet with a face mask for catchers
  • jockstrap with a cup pocket and protective cup


  • Protective sports glasses or sports goggles, which are also available with prescription lenses.
  • jockstrap (optional)


  • Bowling Gloves



Extreme sports


Figure skating




Horse racing

  • Hat
  • Body Protector
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Breeches
  • jockstrap
  • Goggles

Ice hockey

  • Shin guards
  • Mouthguard
  • Helmet
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Jock (males) or jill (females)
  • Ice pants or protective girdle
  • Neck guard
  • Gloves
  • Specialized protective equipment for goalkeepers (Mask, pants, chest protector, leg pads, skates with toe protection, blocker, catcher, hockey jock or jill)


Martial arts

Racquet sports

In Squash: Goggles to protect the eyes from the ball

Rugby union

All Optional:

  • Mouthguard
  • Underguards (pads)
  • Headguard

Underwater Hockey



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