Hockey guards are one of the most important parts of the dressing kit and in most cases is compulsory for every player. It covers the shin from the ball or a hockey stick. The shin is a part of the body that does not have surrounding flesh to cushion the bones when in contact with a hard object.
For the reason that it is positioned immediately after the skin, the injuries sustained in that part of the body are usually painful. The shin guard, in this case, is a big protection against such trouble. Shins are not only used in hockey, but they are also used for other sporting activities like the rugby, baseball, and the famous soccer or otherwise called football.
Why use hockey shin guards
The use of field hockey shin guards was developed because of the violent nature of the game. Players move at great speed in the ice hockey for instance, and at most times because they are on a skate, cannot control their movements especially in the face of a collision with another player or an opponent, hence the need for a shin guard. Also, it is a common occurrence in the game that players try to block the ball and their opponents from scoring with their shins.
Nature of hockey shin guard
The ball may be rubber but is made into a very hard object that can cause injuries. Therefore, every player is advised to wear a shin guard to prevent injuries. However, hockey guards must be very light regarding weight and strength for proper protection. It is important to know that shin guards are worn depending on the position of the player in the game.
How to properly wear hockey shin guards
The first is to make sure that the kneecap of the shin guard aligns perfectly with your knee cap. It should not be too tight to prevent movement and not too loose to prevent proper protection. Be sure the shin matches with your shin. Children at the growing stage should be checked regularly so that they get their perfect match. The shin should cover the bone of the leg from directly below the knee to above the ankle with only one or two inches to spare.
Put the snaps into place. There will be two of them, one below the knee and another just above the ankle. Pull your socks above the shin guards, and finally. Use a tape to ensure that the shin guard is secured and stays in place.