Shin Guards For Soccer: A Buyer’s Guide to Get The Right Pair
If you have ever played soccer then you will know that it can be a bit boisterous and injuries occur, mainly leg injuries
The more you protect your legs the safer the game will be and you will enjoy yourself more knowing you have that extra protection
You might even try some soccer skills that you wouldn’t normally do with that extra confidence that you have whilst wearing Shin Guards For Soccer
I don’t need to tell you that shin pads or shin guards are an essential piece of protective equipment to wear while you are playing soccer
But how do you know which ones are the best?
Only you can decide which ones are the right ones for you but I can help you decide if you would like me to?
There are different types of Shin guards, Such as…
- The Slip-Ins
- The Slip-Ins With Sleeves
- The Full Protector With Ankle Protection
- The Strapped
- The Sleeve
History of Shin Guards
The use of shin guards have been know to date back as far as 1874 first worn by a man called Sam Weller Widdowson who played cricket for Nottinghamshire and football/soccer for Nottingham Forrest which are both in England and decided to put a pair of cricket leg pads on to play football
And the Shin Guard was born!
How to Choose Soccer Shin Guards
If you are taking part in any kind of soccer/football, whether it be training or a game then it is very important to use the correct safety kit
And one essential piece of equipment you will need in order to be a bit safer on the field are shin guards
I can’t stress enough how much these will help save your football/soccer career and even if you fancy walking again after a bad tackle to the legs
If you are a soccer player, or a parent of a player then in this post I want to show you the different types of shin guards for kids and adults you can get
And I’m certain that you will find very useful and interesting
Now, as you probably already know that there are many different styles and types to buy
So you really need to do a bit of research to determine which ones will work best for you or the person you are buying them for
- Do you want them with ankle sleeves for padding of the ankles, or not?
- Do you want ones just to slip into your socks?
- Or would you prefer to have shin pads with strapping for around the legs?
- What material do you want?
There are many different aspects that you need to consider before choosing the right pair
Whilst trying out any shin pads you should always try them with your other football/soccer kit like your boots and socks that you will be wearing
So you can make sure for certain that they are the right pads
How to Size Shin Guards
When deciding to purchase a pair of shin guards, the most important thing that you need to get right it the correct fit
If you have a small child that needs them and you give them an adult size shin pad then they are going to be running around the field looking like they have cricket leg pads on
This goes without saying, if an adult needs them you need to buy an adults size, if a child needs them then…
You guessed it, buy a child’s size
Obviously if you have a child that is bigger than the average child, and vice versa, an adult that needs to eat a bit more protein then use your common sense and try them out
Fitting Shin Guards For Soccer
Now getting the right size shin pads, doesn’t always mean they fit brilliantly because you might be short with big calves and if you have shin pads with straps they might not fit around your lower legs
So you will have to see if you can get shin pads with longer straps or just get ones that you slip into your socks
If the pads are too tight you might not be able to move as well as you should and they can also restrict the circulation through your legs, which isn’t great
On the other hand you don’t want them too loose as they won’t be in the correct position leaving your shins vulnerable
As a rule, for the perfect fitting shin pad, they should be comfortably fitted around the lower leg and you should be able to fit a fingertip down into the top of them without squeezing it down there
They also shouldn’t hit the knee either as this could cause serious problems!
Get The Right Shin Protection
All shin pads will have some sort of padding or cushioning on the insides of them otherwise it’s just hard plastic hitting your shins
Which as you can imagine is pretty uncomfortable
You can also get them with ankle protection which personally I prefer myself as they feel much more protective
And they also give you a bit more confidence to keep that ball at your feet even when the opposition slides in with both feet to try and take it off you
How to Wash Shin Guards
Soak them in warm water with regular soap for around 25 minutes, then once you have removed them scrub the plastic area with a dishwasher brush and use a damp cloth to rub over all the material parts of them for the best results
If you want to dry shin guards, Do Not put them in the tumble dryer as they will get damaged. It’s best to hang them on the washing line to air dry in the sun and wind for the best care and results for them
Can You Break a Bone Wearing Shin Guards?
Just because you are wearing shin pads it doesn’t mean you are invincible and that they will protect your legs like a tortoise in its shell
Oh no my friend!
They will only reduce the risk of injuries so you shouldn’t think that once they are on that you will be able to take any hit to your lower legs and be able to walk away
Use your skills to avoid the tackle and humiliate the opposition as you fly past them unscathed and ready to score
Why Are Shin Guards Important?
You might think its your prerogative to wear them but that’s just the same as saying its up to you if you wear a seatbelt in a car or not!
Well tough luck! Its the law…If you don’t wear them, you don’t play and its as simple as that
Why wouldn’t you want to anyway?
Your shins are not properly protected with muscle and tissue and are very vulnerable
If left exposed going in for a tackle, Soccer Cleats and studs can really do some damage!
Take a look at this short video and I think you might change you mind about wearing them
What do You Think About Wearing Them Now?
That’s what I thought you would say!
According to the FIFA Law, The shin guard has 3 more stipulations
- They must be entirely covered by the football sock
- Be made of suitable materials
- Provide a reasonable degree of protection
All these rules must be abided by for the protection of the player
Now which ones do you need?
The ones shown below are just an example but there are so many choices to choose from
Types of Shin Guards
1. The Slip-Ins
These just slip into your football socks and are very durable and light but can sometimes move about to much
2. The Sleeve
This is just like a sock but without the feet, it slips over your lower leg and the hardend protection is on the outside of the sleeve
3. Shin Guards With Ankle Protection
A full protection on the front of the lower leg with Velcro straps on top to keep them secure
They also have ankle protection fitted to them for that added cover
They might be a bit more restrictive but you know they will protect your lower legs to a certain extent
4. The Slip-Ins & Sleeves
And that keeps them more secure on your legs
5. The Strapped Shin Guard
I much prefer the pads without the straps to be honest as they dont feel as restrictive as these do
My Rating 8/10
One Last Thing
You wouldn’t go into combat without protecting your body would you?
So protect your body at all costs because it only takes one bad tackle and your soccer career could be over just like that!
It’s easier to ask for assistance if you are in a store buying shin guards
They will be able to advise you on the best ones to choose depending on your preferences
This is why I have written this post so it can act as your virtual store assistant to help and guide you to buy the perfect pair
Or if you still need anymore help with which ones to get
Then all you need to do is ask below in the comment section and I will help you as much as I can
Or if you have any advice about shin guards yourself that you would like to share, then please feel free to do so to help others here