Physical Therapy in San Jose, Los Gatos, Foster City and Burlingame for Soccer
Welcome to MORE Physical Therapy's guide for selecting soccer equipment. You can achieve your soccer goals - from the soccer beginner to the experienced soccer player. We recommend a few general considerations for selecting soccer equipment in order to stay comfortable and minimize injury during your training and game. The basic equipment you will require for soccer are soccer shoes and shin guards. But, as for all outdoor sports, don't forget you'll need to plan for sun protection and hydration (http://www.ausport.gov.au/sportscoachmag/nutrition2/pre-event_nutrition) too.
Your selection of soccer shoes will depend on your playing surface and shoe preferences. Soccer shoes with cleats are required for outdoor play to prevent slipping. The type of cleat depends on your budget and performance expectations. Your soccer professional/coach will be able to advise you with regard to cleat selection. Unlike many other sports shoes, soccer shoes need to be tight fitting so your feel for the ball on your foot is not impaired. There should not be any space between the end of your toes and the shoe. This means you'll need to try the shoes on before you buy them. Avoid purchasing shoes from online websites unless you have purchased that brand and size before.