Sports safety is a number one concern for most sports parents.
Many injuries can be prevented with proper preparation, but in sports you can always expect the unexpected. No one plans to get hit in the head with a baseball or slammed in the chest with a softball. But these things happen, over and over again.
Among children 5-14 years old, there is a huge risk for injury resulting from direct contact with a bat, baseball, or softball, states a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics.”Severe injuries have occurred from impact to the head and from blunt chest impact.Children 5-15 years of age seem to be uniquely vulnerable to blunt chest impact because their thoraces may be more elastic and more easily compressed.”
Scary stuff, huh?
That’s why I would like to introduce sports parents to Sportsguard, a sports safety product invented by concerned parents of youth baseball players and coaches who know biophysics and engineering.
Sportsguard offers 3 safety products:
The HeadGuard offers head protection for baseball/softball pitchers and infielders. It has been tested at a major university and shown to significantly reduce the impact of a baseball. The HeadGuard weighs less than 3 ounces, and is breathable, moisture resistant, latex free, soft & comfortable. It inserts into any baseball cap.
The HeadGuard can also be used for adult softball and paintball.
I had my husband test it and put it in his baseball cap; it fits comfortably and can be adjusted for smaller hats.
The StealthGuard is a heart protector designed for athletes who play the infield against hitters with aluminum and composite bats. Studies show that it significantly reduces the impact of baseball to the protected area.It is lightweight and comfortable. Your athlete won’t even know it is there. The StealthGuard can also offer protection in other sports like soccer and lacrosse.
The StealthGuard comes with two shields to use on different uniforms.
Sportsguard also offers XGrip, a cushioned grip with a unique design that offers comfort while extinguishing the sting from aluminum and composite bats and cold weather.
As parents, we certainly can’t protect our children from all hurts–unless we wrap them in bubble wrap!
But we certainly must do all we can to keep them safe. And SportsGuard gives us another way to play sports safely.
Sportsguard sent me all three of these products and I would like to give them away to one of my readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I do not have young children any more, so I really want to give these samples (worth $52) to a sports parent who needs them!
Sportsguard paid me to review their product, but I stand by my promise to only review products that I feel will really be helpful to sports parents.