Remember when you had to ride a bike and your parents told you to put on a helmet, arm pads, and knee pads? Sure the helmet made sense, but elbow and keen pads? A scraped knee or arm hurt, but it wasn’t life-threatening.
Why did we need kneepads or shin guards as they are now known? Well having state of the art shin protectors can provide more protection than our young minds could understand at the time. Especially for soccer, where most of the injuries can mostly be to our shins.
Shins aren’t protected by muscle or anything else substantial, only a layer of fat and blood vessels. So an injury can be disastrous for people who use their legs, such as soccer players. Even though most contact is prohibited in soccer, contact does happen accidentally and keeping shins protected is a high priority.
Without adequate shin guards, cuts, bruises, and even broken bones can happen and put most players on the sidelines for games.
Most shin guards are made out of a foam rubber which is cheap and also light. This makes it easy to move in but it is not as protective as plastic, which is harder to wear but also is uncomfortable and rigid. Fiberglass shin guards are often the most balanced on comfort and lightness but sacrifice flexibility.
Regardless of the material Shin guards are also made of several designs, with one being a shield type that reduces impact through several layers and is mostly used by soccer players. There is even a system where a guard can be personally molded to a player, giving protection based on what position they play and their own requirements.
Even if you aren’t a soccer player, using shin guards to keep yourself safe can certainly be a benefit in any outdoor situation.