Sometimes it’s hard for footballers to choose the right equipment. Boots and shin guards come in different sizes and there are a lot of different options in the market. Questions such as “should these boots be a bit tighter to my feet?” or “should they be larger so it could be more comfortable when wearing football socks?” are common when choosing a new boot. The doubts are similar when it comes to shin guards: how should they fit? Where exactly should I place them on my legs? Well, here come some tips.
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When choosing shin guards amateur and casual footballers should do like the pros and look for two things: comfort and protection. There are a lot of products in the market offering only one of those two. You should look for both.
There’s a common aspect when it comes to comfortable and protective football shin guards: the right fit. Shin guards with ideal fit onto a player’s leg improve their protection capacity by better dissipating impact and improve the comfort feeling by staying in the right position even during complex moves.
For ideal protection football shin guards should be worn in a way to protect the leg as much as possible, which means that the bigger the shin guards are the more protected the athlete’s legs will be. The area covered by the shin guard is essential to secure the product’s accuracy.
Nevertheless, sales trends show us that nowadays the most chosen sizes are the smaller ones. In this case, the best area to place the shin guards is between the ankle and the middle of the tibia. The absence of muscles in this area leaves the bones more exposed to impacts.
In order to achieve higher protection levels, footballers should choose the right shin guard size. As an expert in shin guard development, SAK develops products in different sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL – each of them adequate for different profiles.
Besides the player height – that influences the sizing (XS, S, M, L, XL) - SAK has another measure that also makes the difference in offering the most comfortable and protective football shin guards in the market: different leg types. Footballers can choose SAK shin guards from three Leg Profiles: Thin, Regular and Wide, being able to choose the one which is the most adequate for his/her own leg shape.
Professional footballers were used to wear the old tape for fixing shin guards on their legs. Thankfully the shin guards' industry keeps evolving and SAK has developed new and better solutions. Today, footballers wear a sleeve to keep the shin guards in place - all SAK shin guards are sold with a calf sleeve. SAK has even an advanced solution - SAK Compressor - a calf sleeve that keeps shin guards in place while offering graduated compression that reduces fatigue feeling on leg muscles with a breathable and comfortable material. Some footballers are more old school and choose SAK Link, a new option similar to the old tape but in better and more durable materials.
Football shin guards are important for one main reason: injury prevention. One doesn’t need to be a pro to hate being sidelined because of injuries – and having all the trouble of feeling pain for every single daily activity, such as walking the dog, driving and working.
Also, as this post shows, professional footballers spend relevant amount of time sidelined due to injuries, making it not only costly for their clubs but also disappointing for them.
Another reason why shin guards are so important in football is confidence. Feeling protected boosts a football player's confidence in going for or through a tackle. The protection feeling is crucial for generating the trust to keep moving forward and playing hard. Confidence is key in any sport and it’s not different in football. It can be a key differentiator in pushing a player to the next level. That’s why footballers should gear with the best possible equipment – and shin guards are vital for them.
Both professional and amateur footballers must benefit from the football shin guards' industry evolution. The new materials, products and techniques provide casual, amateur and professional athletes different options for being comfortably protected during a football match. It’s a matter of research to find the best shin guards and the best accessories for you. Our advice is to do it like the pros and gear with the best products in the market. Or in other words: to choose SAK.
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