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Boots: Made of fiberglass, graphite and Kevlar, short track boots lace higher up the ankle than traditional ice skates. Boots are typically built using customized foot molds to stabilize the foot and ankle around corners.

Blades: To enable the skater to achieve high speeds and control in turns, short track blades are bent in an arc that reflects the direction of the turn. The extremely sharp blades are placed to the left side of the skate so the boot does not touch the ice when the skater leans into the turn. Blades can be a maximum 46cm (about 18in) long and between 1.2 and 1.4mm (about 0.5 to 0.6in) wide.

Helmet: Because of the frequency of crashes and falls, short track speed skaters are required to wear hard plastic helmets to prevent potential head injuries.

Gloves: Skaters wear cut-resistant gloves to protect their hands from blades. Because the skaters' hands often touch the ice on turns, the gloves are equipped with hard plastic balls on the fingertips that allow the glove to slide along the ice.

Protective wear: For protection against skaters' sharp blades, short track athletes are required to wear shin, knee and sometimes neck guards for protection.

Skin suits: Athletes are required to wear long sleeved, long legged skin suits (similar to long track speed skating's skin suits but without the hood and thumb loops) in competitions. The suits are anti-cut, meaning the material should protect the skaters' most sensitive areas, like the femoral artery, against any encounters with the sharp skate blades.


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