If your kids are taking part in soccer training, it is important that you provide them with the proper equipment, both for protection and for comfort while playing. In discussing soccer gear for kids, I want to first of all talk about protective gear.
There is not a lot of safety equipment needed, but there is one essential they must wear for soccer, whether training or playing matches – and that is, or those are, shin pads, or guards. So how do you choose the right shin guards for yor child?
From my own personal experience, there are many different styles and makes of leg guards. They may come with ankle sleeves, or without ankle sleeves. It is equally important to understand that there are many different materials that make up the composition of shin guards.
The first thing to be sure of is a good fit. It is not a good idea to purchase shin guards that are too tight as this may result in movements during soccer training to be restrictive, and may cause a loss of proper circulation throughout the legs, not good. If a shin guard is too loose on the other hand, the player will suffer as well as they may slip before an impact with another player, thus providing very little protection. So purchase shin guards that are secure around the leg of the player, but with enough room to fit a fingertip in comfortably. Additionally, the shin guard should not reach the knee as this can result in injury during soccer training.
Make sure that the guard is appropriate for the age of the player. For kids, sets that are specifically for children should be chosen. If the player is an adult, then adult shin guards should be bought. When trying on the shin guards that you are interested in purchasing, it is a good idea to try them on while wearing your soccer cleats and standard socks. This will help to determine if the guard is compatible and fits appropriately with your other equipment. Most online stores will let you return goods if the size is not ideal.
Choose a set that has enough cushioning too, as this helps make the guards more comfortable and also helps to protect the shins more effectively. Many come with ankle protectors. Purchasing this particular style can prove to help prevent injuries along the ankle and bottom part of the leg and aid in the comfort of play.