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Which style of shin guard should I use for soccer?

Advanced players prefer the hard, plastic shin guard. They’re lightweight and offer better protection from blows to the shin by dispersing the shock over the entire shin guard. The soft shin guards with inserts are easier to fit on younger players, and are more comfortable. If your shin guard fits right, it should protect you from just above the instep to about three inches below the knee. It’s important that the shin guard not be too long because that would restrict knee movement and also cut into the instep. On the other hand, a shin guard that is too short won’t adequately protect the shin area. The pad should cover the front portion of the shin and about half of the sides of the shin.

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