Participating in sports can be an excellent way to socialize, exercise and maintain or build a healthy physique. Regardless of your skill level you can choose from a plethora of sporting activities to enjoy in your leisure time. With such a wide range of sports to choose from you can be sure to identify the one that you most enjoy and the one at which you excel. It is very important that you know and understand the rules of the particular sport in which you eventually participate also and be aware of any equipment that is necessary for the game. Basically the equipment used in any one particular sport ranges from items used to carry out the activity to those used for protection and prevention of serious injury.
Within the category of equipment used to carry out the activity there are a number of items, which overlap between various sports and there are those that are specific to just one sport. To illustrate both hockey and lacrosse us similar nets, yet hockey is perhaps the only sport to use a hockey stick and puck. There are, within this broad subcategory, a wealth of items ranging in size, shape and structure from a golf ball to a basketball and from a baseball glove to a lacrosse stick. Recently there have been numerous variant sports, which have developed as well, many of which utilize the same equipment as the sports from which they were adapted yet have some slight change in the rules or something of that nature.
Comprising the other category of equipment, that is protective gear, is a vast number of items similar to many sports. Various helmets are used in hockey, baseball and football, while similar styles of body padding are used in hockey and football. Many sports utilize other such protective items as well such as gloves, in boxing, kneepads and cups.