The Importance of Children Wearing Shin Pads When Playing Football

The Importance of Children Wearing Shin Pads When Playing Football

While the joys of playing football on the pitch are many, it's obviously equally important to ensure the safety of young players. One crucial element of football safety that often goes overlooked is the use of shin pads. There are lots of reasons why it is important for children to wear shin pads, or shin guards are they're also referred to - or shinnies, when playing football and why they shouldn't step onto the pitch without them.

Shin Pads Provide Protection from Injuries

One of the primary reasons children should wear shin pads while playing football is to protect themselves from injuries. Football involves a lot of running, tackling, and collisions, which can lead to accidental kicks to the shin. Without proper protection, these incidents can result in painful bruises, scrapes, or even more severe injuries like broken bones or deep contusions. Shin guards act as a shield, absorbing the impact and distributing it across the surface, significantly reducing the risk of injury.

Girl in football kit looking upset as medical professional tends to a cut on her shin

Shin Guards Help Prevent Shin Splints

Shin splints are a common injury in football and other high-impact sports. They occur when the muscles and tendons surrounding the shinbone become inflamed due to repeated stress. Wearing shin guards helps distribute the stress across the leg, reducing the likelihood of developing shin splints. This is particularly important for children whose growing bones and muscles are more susceptible to injury.

How Shin Pads Boost Confidence

Children often fear getting hurt while playing sports, which can hinder their confidence and performance. Shin pads offer a sense of security, knowing that they have an extra layer of protection against accidental kicks and collisions. When kids feel safer on the pitch, they are more likely to enjoy the game and perform better, boosting their overall confidence.

Image of a footballers feet, wearing shin pads under his socks, one standing, the other on a football,

Promoting Good Habits

Teaching children to wear shin guards from an early age instills good habits when it comes to safety. It emphasises the importance of protective gear in sports and sets a foundation for responsible behaviour on the field. As children grow and continue to participate in sports, they will carry these habits with them, ensuring their safety in various sporting activities.

It's The Law!

Many organised football leagues and associations mandate the use of shin pads as part of their safety regulations. Ensuring that your child wears shin guards not only protects them but also ensures they are following the rules of the game. Compliance with these rules sets an example for sportsmanship and respect for the sport and its regulations.

In the world of football, and children's football in particular, safety should always come first. Shin pads are not just an accessory; they are a vital piece of protective equipment that every young footballer should wear. By emphasising their importance and making it a non-negotiable part of the game, we can help children enjoy football to the fullest while minimizing the risk of injuries that can dampen their enthusiasm for the sport. So, the next time your child laces up their football boots, make sure they also have their shin pads on – it's a small investment in their safety that can huge increase in their enjoyment of playing the beautiful game.

Our Range of Shin Pads and Shin Guards

The Precision Pro Matrix Shinguards with Sleeves are our most popular shin guards, and are also used by our own children:


Precision Pro Matrix Shin Guards and Sleeves


Precision Pro Matrix Shinguards with Sleeves


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