Soccer tournament records show that lower leg injuries are most often caused by inadequate shin guards. One recent study revealed that among one league of youth soccer players, the shins were the third most likely area to be injured. Of the seventeen fractures, four were to the tibia (shinbone). The study confirmed that shin guards significantly decreased the force to the tibia compared to impacts without shin guards. Make sure the shin guards meet appropriate safety (i.e. ASTM) standards.
- Choose the right material. Your shin guards should be both durable and lightweight. They are normally made from a combination of shock-resistant polypropylene, foam and plastic. Ensure that they won’t negatively impact your performance and are able to withstand a hard tackle.
Make sure your shin guards are light. Bulky shin guards may negatively affect your performance making it difficult to handle the ball or move. If they feel like ankle weights, they may be too too heavy. You also want to make sure that they aren’t flimsy and solid enough to protect you from a tackle.
Keep your shin guard in place. Prevent your shin guard from sliding down your leg or getting loose by wrapping tape around the bottom. Avoid letting your your shin guard push against the top of your foot and ankle. Many shin guards only have velcro for the top so that you can tape the bottom to your preference.
Refresh your tape during half time when you’re playing a match to make sure that it stays in place. If you have a team trainer, ask to tape your feet and ankles to help prevent injury.
Modern day shin guards are made of many differing synthetic materials, including, but not limited to:
Fiberglass - Stiff, sturdy, and light weight.
Foam rubber - Very light weight, but not as sturdy and solid as fiberglass.
Polyurethane - Heavy and sturdy, which offers almost complete protection from most impacts.
Plastic - Less protective than any of the other synthetic shin guards.
Metal - Highly protective, but very heavy and uncomfortable.
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