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Do you ensure your child has enough support when playing netball?

Are you safe-guarding their bodies through a key time in their life while they are growing? Netball is a sport that is tough on the body with lots of stop-starting, change of direction and jumping and landing. And it's never too early to protect all important joints. You'll find a lot of junior netball is played outside, particularly at schools or tournaments and these are hard surfaces. So, it is key that youngsters are wearing the correct footwear. There are four shoes that meet the recommended criteria for playing netball, the most choice junior netballers have ever had! ASICS Professional 13 Junior Shoe The Professional GS Junior is a take-down of the record-selling adult version. For the first time, young netballers can now wear the same shoes as their idols. It features GEL in the forefoot and rearfoot plus a midsole trusstic which is what provides the support when twisting and turning and changing direction. Something running shoes don’t offer Mizuno Wave Mirage Junior The Mizuno Wave Mirage Junior is a clever replica of the adult version. A lightweight performance shoe, this shoe gives you ultimate support plus excellent grip which becomes more ‘grippier’ as the shoe warms up. ASICS Gel-Netburner 18 GS Junior The Asics Gel-Netburner GS Junior shoes are a very supportive shoe with great protection, particularly from the forefoot GEL, for young growing feet. Mizuno Wave Twister Junior The Mizuno Wave Twister Junior is a take-down of the adult version. The size take-down to the junior version means there is less of the EVA midsole cushioning. However, it has more than adequate cushioning and support for juniors (not for adults trying to get a cheaper shoe :-)) It is a very supportive shoe without being clumpy. Click here for the orange version Click here for the wild aster version Us females are usually fussy when it comes to colour, particularly youngsters growing up wanting to be cool. So, with plain white options through to bright orange and a crazy black print, everyone should find a shoe they like. Look after your youngster and ensure they are wearing the right protection for their sport. Debbie Hallas

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