Brent Wynn discusses the importance of shin guards in hockey.
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Featuring Brent Wynn, Hockey Equipment Specialist
Duration: 1 minute, 19 seconds
Shin pads, or shin guards, protect the lower part of the leg, the shin, and the knee as well as the calf.
In the old days, it was basic plastic and felt, there's not a lot of protection there, with today's higher velocity shots that today's players are facing.
The newer designs are much more involved with the amount of protection they offer and the way they offer it. You get increased protection along the calf area as well as tthe inner liner is also removable for cleaning and adjustability to the individual player.
Today's newer shin pads help eliminate the hyperextension of the knee joint by having the top of the shin front match the lower part of the knee cap, therefore eliminating the hyperextension of the knee.
One tip is to wear the shin pad over top the tongue of your skate. It just gives you a little bit better protection down at the lower edge of the shin pad.
So remember: make sure that you see a qualifed retailer in your area when it comes to getting a shin pad that fits and protects you at the level of hockey that you are playing.
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