Why do soccer players use shin guards?



Since soccer is a contact sport, it goes without saying that injuries are bound to happen at some point or the other. However, some of these unhappy occurrences can be prevented with the help of shin pads, also known as shin guards. The terminology doesn’t really matter as I’ve seen that some people prefer calling them one way whereas others like calling them the other.

Shin guards are paramount when it comes to protecting sensitive areas from tackles, knocks, and kicks. Unlike other bones in the human body, the shins are not insulated by tissue and muscle, which makes them considerably more vulnerable when exposed to all sorts of mishaps. Both the area where they’re located and the entire way that soccer is played makes it very likely for shin injuries to happen. In my opinion, you shouldn’t even be allowed to play a game of soccer if you aren’t wearing adequate protection, and coaches should really focus on this detail. What’s more, I believe that kids who play soccer should always wear shin guards particularly because their bone system hasn’t developed completely.

With regard to compulsory equipment, I have noticed that shin guards are more rigorously tested than other pieces you might have to wear before a match. They have to be made of a suitable material and offer more than reasonable protection. Of course, the main difference between shin guards destined for soccer and the ones that you would wear, for example, when practicing some mixed martial arts would be that they have to be entirely covered by socks. While this might look strange for a person who has never seen a soccer player in real life, the fact of the matter is that falls and other mishaps do tend to happen on the field, which is why your legs might be scratched and painful at the end of the match.

Metal-plated shin guards are prohibited because they can hurt other players by accident. Think of this way; if you’re in the middle of the game and you’re lucky enough to get the ball, there’s so much adrenaline going through your veins that you might not even pay too much attention to what’s happening around you. In spite of the fact that shin protection cannot guarantee you that you won’t get hurt, it’s a pretty reassuring type of equipment to wear. Plus, if you do come in direct and harsh contact with another player, the chance of one of your bones breaking in that specific area are greatly decreased if you wear proper protection.

In short, shin pads or guards are extremely important and you should avoid entering the field when you’re not wearing a pair. Things can get pretty rough on the field.

Why you should invest in proper protective equipment if you’re into any type of martial arts

I confess to being an avid sports fan. Well, considering there’s so much going on in my life at the moment, that is a confession in itself and it’s a big passion for me too. I enjoy watching all kinds of sports. I have even ventured into trying them out myself to see if I have enough of the happy gene in me to actually become an athlete. My initial efforts have been fruitful so far, but there’s no telling since I have gotten only basic training and played a few games here and there, but not much else. I would love for you dear readers to stay with me during my journey to hopeful sports stardom. Who knows where this could lead us, yes? I will not only be writing about the sports I have tried but shall also be doing equipment reviews. Do read on!



Why you should invest in proper protective equipment if you’re into any type of martial arts


Protective equipment in martial arts is to be discussed in a sensible fashion and based on a number of aspects. It is best to study those aspects in terms of the impact and value of wearing protective gear against not wearing any at all, or not wearing enough. This is the premise of this article.



The importance of protective gear


This is quite apparent considering the many accidents or impacts the martial artist could incur during training. Something could inevitably go wrong to make your body vulnerable to injury or harm during sparring or practice. That being said, the next question that begs to be asked is,”Can there be too much protective equipment on the martial artist?” This is more a subjective matter than anything. What could be adequate for one may be excessive for another. There is, as yet, no clear mandate on how much is too much or too little in martial arts protective gear.


Protective equipment for modern martial arts

Taekwondo artists wear mouth guards or gum shields and padded head guards during competitions. Mouth guards and padded gloves are used by MMA fighters, kickboxers and boxers in general. Budo karate practitioners use boxing gloves, mouth guards, groin protectors, shin guards and even padded body protectors and head guards. Although Shoto Budo practitioners are admonished not to hit their opponents too hard, they are still encouraged to use protective gear to reduce incidences of injury or accidents.


Special helmets are used by kendo artists, along with body protectors and gloves to ensure safety during sparring and training especially when being struck with the bamboo shinai. A modern sport fencing trainee wears penetration-resilient clothing and a fencing mask to prevent injury to the body and face from the fencing weapon. In other words, since strikes and hits are inevitable, whether during practice or sparring, protective equipment shields against the impacts and injuries that arise from such incidences. Besides, if you spar with someone not wearing protective gear, you will be forced to be more ‘friendly’ with your strikes, which is an unfair advantage for your opponent who can hit you as hard as possible because you have protective equipment on.

The bottom line: It’s ultimately more valuable and important to have protective gear on and not need it than to not have anything on and need it, correct?

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