As a soccer player, you know that sooner or later, you will receive, during a match or training, a kick in the shins. One out of every ten serious soccer injuries involves shins, so it's very important to buy a pair of shin pads. Wearing shin pads is also mandatory in most soccer leagues as well.
pads, also known as shin guards, were invented in Nottingham, United
Kingdom, in the 19th century by Nottingham Forrest player Samuel Weller
Widdowsonin. He cut down a pair of cricket pads and strapped them
outside his stockings. At first Weller Widdowsonin was ridiculed, but it
soon caught on with other players. His Nottingham Forrest-team was also
the first team in the world to wear shin pads.
Nowadays shin pads are made of various synthetic materials, including
Plastic - less protective than any of the other shin pads
Fiberglass - light weight, stiff and sturdy shin pads
Foam Rubber - Very light, but not as solid and protective as fiberglass
Polyurethane - Heavy shin pads, but sturdy, offering the best protection
should find the shin pad that gives you the best fit. The area just
above your foot until three inches below your knee should be covered.
The shin pad should not be so stiff that it interferes with you moving
around and should feel secure in the front.
you need to determine which type of shin pad you prefer. You can find
equipment with and without ankle sleeves. Shin pads with ankle sleeve
will give you extra protection of your ankle and keeps the shin pad
better in place. The pads without sleeve, which are also known as 'slip
ins' because they are slipped into the socks, are more comfortable and
lighter, but offer less protection.
major sports brands make shin pads and most of them use the same
technologies and materials, so it's hard to say what the best
manufacturer of shin pads is. Shin pads are available in retail stores
as well as online stores, with prices starting at $10.
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