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"Rock-climbing equipment: Rope and climber's shoes
1990–2005 style official NFL ball
"Adidas Telstar-style ball, with the familiar black and white "truncated icosahedron pattern.

Sports equipment, called sporting goods where sold, is any object used for "sport or "exercise.[1]


Game equipment[edit]


The "ball is often what a sport requires and revolves around. A sports ball is typically round, but can also be in the shape of a "prolate spheroid in the case of an "American football or a "rugby ball.

Sports are often named after the ball used, such as "football, "American football, "baseball and "basketball, or the ball is named after the sport.

Flying discs[edit]

"Flying discs are used for various "games such as "freestyle, "disc golf and "ultimate.

Goal posts[edit]

In many games, goal posts are at each end of the playing field, there are two vertical posts (or uprights) supporting a horizontal crossbar. In some games, such as "football or "hockey, the object is to pass the ball or puck between the posts below the crossbar, while in others, such as those based on "rugby, the ball must pass over the crossbar instead.


"Nets are used for "tennis, "volleyball, football, basketball, hockey and "badminton. A different type of net is used for various forms of "fishing.


"Racquets are used for "racquet sports such as "tennis, "squash and "badminton.

Rods and tackle[edit]

"Fishing rods and "fishing tackle are primarily used for "fishing and "sport fishing.

Sticks, bats and clubs[edit]

Sticks are used for sports such as "hockey and "lacrosse. Bats are used for sports such as "baseball and "cricket. Clubs are used mainly for "golf ("Golf club)

Wickets and bases[edit]

Wickets and bails are used in "cricket, and bases are used in "baseball.

Player equipment[edit]



"Footwear for sports includes:

Protective equipment[edit]

Protective equipment is often worn for sports including "motor sport and "contact sports, such as "ice hockey and "American football or sports where there is a danger of injury through collision of players or other objects. Protective equipment includes:

Training equipment[edit]

Examples for training equipment include "swiss balls, "weights, "chin-up bars, equipment for the "gym. Also protective equipment such as "weight lifting belts and "bench shirts for weight training and "powerlifting.



Vehicles (sometimes specialized) are used as equipment for some sports, including "motor sport, "cycling, "aeronautics, "sailing and "hot air ballooning.

Small vehicles with "flatbeds are often used to carry injured athletes off the field, most commonly in "American football.

Various sports[edit]

History and development of sports[edit]

Historically many sports have developed their sporting equipment over time. For instance, the use of a football dates back to ancient China, between 225 BC and 220 AD.[2] As football remains the most popular sport in the "21st century, the material of the ball has completely changed over the centuries; from being made out of animal skin, to being lined with multiple layers of polyester or cotton.[2]

As the sporting equipment industry improves, so does the athletes performance. This is due to the fact that the equipment is more efficient, lighter and stronger it forming a bio-mechanical system, interacting with the athlete.[3]

Since the massive adoption of wearable, new sport equipment tend to be electronics and connected to deliver data performances.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What does sporting goods mean? definition, meaning and pronunciation (Free English Language Dictionary)". www.audioenglish.org. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  2. ^ a b "History". www.soccerballworld.com. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  3. ^ Stefanyshyn, Darren J.; Wannop, John W. (2015). "Biomechanics research and sport equipment development". Sports Engineering. 18 (4): 191–202. "doi:10.1007/s12283-015-0183-5. 

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