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If you are about to go paintballing for the first time, you’ll be forgiven for feeling a little nervous amongst your excitement. It’s perfectly natural to feel anxious, but working on the basis that knowledge is power, we’ll tell you all about some common paintballing injuries here, and also let you know how best to avoid them.

What Is Paintballing?

If you’ve never been paintballing before, you may like to know a little more about how it works first. You are put into a team and given a uniform to wear. Your team plays against another team and you are all given guns which release paintballs. One team has paintballs in one color, and the other team has a different color. You are released into a forest where you can hide behind trees to shelter from a shooting, and also where you can ambush an unsuspecting enemy. At the end of the match, you compare who has more of the other team’s colors on them, and a winner is decided.

What Are The Risks Of Paintballing Injury?

A paintball flies at around 200 feet per second, so you can imagine just how much this hurts if it hits you directly. However, because you are wearing a thick uniform, this absorbs most of the blow, so there isn’t much pain, if any. If a paintball hits bare skin it will sting, so it’s as well to cover up as much as you can. The most important thing to remember is that you must wear a mask (more on this later).

The other main injury risks are sprains and twists, and damage to muscles and joints. When you are running about and changing direction quickly, you may well sprain your ankle, and if you roll or leap you could cause damage to your back or spine. Paintball is a very fast-action game and there is little time for thought, but do try to be careful as you move, just as you would in any other situation. Some people cause damage by landing too hard on their feet, or their shoulder.

How to Prevent Paintballing Injury

A paintball to the eye will cause very serious damage and injury indeed – sometimes even blindness. Never ever take your mask off, even for a second. You won’t be allowed to play without one – you can hire one from the place that you are doing the paintball at, or buy your own from a nearby store. It must meet safety requirements and be in a good state of repair.

If you are worried about existing joint or muscle injury, then wear a support to give yourself an extra level of protection. When you are playing, make sure that you don’t get so carried away that you start taking silly risks. Remember your body’s limitations and don’t do something you might later regret.

So really, all we are saying is you need a face mask and some common sense, and you’ll be fine! Paintballing is a really fun activity to do, so don’t let your nerves put you off – cover up and AMBUSH!

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The author of this post, Anne James, is a mother of two who works with YourPBfriend which provides paintballing guns and equipment online. She enjoys spending time with her children whenever she is free.

 

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