If you’re involved in sports of any kind, it is important to be willing to invest in the clothing and equipment you need to perform well and safely in your sport. Replacing clothing and gear as needed will help prevent injury and will also help give you the best experience possible on whatever field or court you spend time in.
Runners, for example, know that approximately every three hundred miles of running they should get new running shoes. And this isn’t just an arbitrary guideline; it’s a matter of safety. After that amount of running in a given pair of shoes, a runner will find that the support in their shoes will deteriorate enough that the impact of their running will cause more and more friction for their feet and legs. This can cause unnecessary fatigue and even injury.
Or consider tennis players. It is generally recommended that a tennis player have their racket restrung once per year for every day of a typical week they play tennis. (So if they play about twice per week, they should restring their racket twice per year.) If they don’t restring their racket regularly, the strings will deaden to such a degree that it requires more arm strength for every stroke, and eventually that can take a significant toll on their arms, especially if they’re playing competitively on a regular basis.
Keeping your sporting equipment updated doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. A quick internet search will reveal plenty of online deals for anything from basketball shorts and baseball gloves to tennis shoes and equestrian gear. If you have the necessary money, don’t neglect to get what you need from time to time; it’s worth it especially if it prevents an expensive medical bill sometime later!
Whether you are recreational or competitive in your sport, do the research and make the purchases necessary to achieve the highest quality experience you can.