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If you’re new to wrestling you may not be familiar with what type of gear you will need. First you will need wrestling shoes so you will be allowed on the mat for practice. Wrestling shoes have a special soft sole designed specifically for the rubberized surfaces of training mats for the best performance and also prevention of damage to the mat. It’s OK to wear socks for your first few practices, but wrestling shoes must be worn very soon or the lack of traction will hinder your learning. At some point you will also need headgear. These are protective pads for guarding the ears against injury while wrestling. Younger wrestlers can get away without headgear for a while without damage to their ears, however it won’t be long before they must have it. In the beginning, wrestling headgear is optional at most of the meets you will attend, yet the big tournaments will require it. The HWC often competes at large competitions and you will want to be used to wrestling with it on by the time you get there. Despite their excellent protective benefits, few athletes wear headgear during practice, however this is a very smart practice to get used to. There are several styles of headgear available including youth and adult sizes, but most youth can wear the adult sized ear guards. The best way to purchase headgear is to try it on first to make sure it’s not too uncomfortable. Get the best wrestling headgear from www.highlandsfightgear.com online or you can contact Dan Levesque (danlvsq@yahoo.com). We can bring you a sample of the headgear you want so you can try it on and make the best decision.
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