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Paintball Safety

Paintball is a very safe sport in comparison to other sports, in fact you are 19 times more likely to suffer a serious injury playing football than you are playing paintball. Injuries do still happen though playing paintball, which is a shame as the vast majority of them are preventable. In this article I will outline the steps you should take to further reduce the risk of you being injured playing paintball.

The majority of serious paintball injuries involve a paintball hitting a persons eyes, and then behind this are impact injuries often caused by slipping.

So first we will address the issue of eye injuries.

The most effective tip for preventing eye injuries is to wear a decent pair of paintball goggles. It is still surprising how many people wear damaged goggles or glasses made for other purposes such as lab glasses. If you wear this type of eye protection then you are putting yourself at a much higher risk of suffering an eye injury. You can find good paintball goggles on the websites such as Amazon.com for relatively cheap, so it is worth the expense to invest in a decent pair.

Wear Appropriate Footwear – Paintball can be a very physical game, as you are constantly running and dodging opponents shots. Because of this it is important to wear appropriate footwear. A good pair of trainers with a lot of grip is ideal. One thing to bear in mind is that most paintball games are played outside in fields, which can be very slippery if you wear footwear with poor grip. If you are running full speed and fall in a game zone then there is a good chance that you will fall into an object or another player injuring yourself, which is why good footwear is essential.

One of the biggest safety measures you can take is choosing to play at a paintball centre with a good safety record, as they will employ trained marshals specifically to enforce rules to ensure your safety.

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