Caneleira de Futebol: How to choose the best one in 2022?
Today we are going to talk about football shin guards, a discreet accessory, but one of the greatest allies of the ballers in difficult times.
The shin guard is the “security system” of those who play football, regardless of the level, seriousness and frequency of matches. With the development of new technologies in sports, the product has become lighter and even more efficient in protecting against knocks and impacts.
As with football boots, there are a variety of models of football shin guards. In this article, we will help you choose the ideal one for you and your game, showing the best on the market, its advantages and disadvantages, as well as remembering useful criteria for the time of purchase.
The shin guard is so important for football that it has been mandatory for your professional practice for almost 30 years. It protects a very sensitive and delicate area of the leg and provides the security to hit a ball or even compete without worry.
In the Buying Guide below, we will present the main variations of the shin guard, list its pros and cons, show its importance and also how to choose the right number.
What is football shin guards and when?
Basically, the shin guard is an accessory in football made to protect, as the name says, the shin. The tibia (bone) is very exposed in this region and the skin that covers it, besides being thin, is very sensitive.
The product then reinforces this membrane, with a padded and concave internal part, to accompany the shape of the leg, and with the external part – the “bushing” – rigid, to disperse the energy of the possible and probable impacts of the region.
Shin guards appeared in football at the end of the 19th century, but only began to take shape today in 1925, with a concave shape, and it was only in 1950 that they started to be made of plastic materials.
Still, they were heavy, rigid, impractical. Professional players didn’t like it. But in 1990, FIFA, the ultimate entity in football, made its use mandatory, to the delight of club physiologists and massage therapists.
The use in professionals expanded the shin guards marketing, speaking, and soon the product became part of the list of football accessories to be bought by football players around the world.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of football shin guards?
The main advantage of the shin guard is obviously the protection it offers to the part of the body that gives it its name, both from the pain of blows and impacts and from its subsequent swelling and rouxidios.
Thus, the accessory gives the player a sense of security, of being able to enter in divisions, protect the ball, etc., without fear or excessive concern, impacting his performance and performance.
Finally, the most modern shin guards with ankle fixation even prevent, to a lesser extent, some injuries – a great advantage, let’s face it.
On the other hand, shin guards are still somewhat uncomfortable to use, tightening the legs too much or even because they are a volume “external” to the leg, which can cause strangeness.
Another disadvantage is its impractical adjustment. To put on the shin guard (at least the models with elastic and velcro straps) it is necessary to put the sock on correctly as well, sometimes even reinforcing its fixation with a tape, in short, a “hindrance”, before practicing sports.
Even in the simplest models, without straps or anklets, it can be an inconvenience, slipping down the leg during the game or even falling off the sock, needing to be adjusted all the time.
- Cinnamon protection
- Feeling of security
- Prevention of minor injuries
- Practical adjustment
- Inconvenient during matches
Simple, elastic straps, or with anklet?
Today, the main differentiation between the models of soccer shin guards is in their fixation mechanism, or even the lack of it. Thus, we have three major product types on the market: simple shin guards, with elastic straps and / or anklets.
The simple does not take any fixing mechanism. It contains only the reinforced bush and the padding, and they tend to be a little smaller, to be positioned well above the most prominent part of the shin.
It is the most comfortable model, as it can be positioned freely and fixed according to the preference of its user. So, two ways: either it takes more work before playing, in its “installation”, or during the game, needing to be constantly adjusted.
The elastic strap models can be bigger than the simple ones, but they are always easier to be “installed”, just adjust their straps on the back of the leg.
What this variety gains in practicality, loses in comfort. Strips that are too wide or too short, too loose or too tight, are all common cases and tend to hinder players.
Shin guards with anklets are by far the safest, not only protecting your leg from knocks but your lower ligaments from twisting and breaking, while supporting the flexibility of your ankles.
Because of this, they are relatively quiet to be positioned and do not usually need many adjustments during the game. The counterpoint is that the reach of each size of the models is smaller, since their “movements” are limited by the anklet.
Two socks, ribbon or elastic: what is the best way to fix the shin guard?
Here we bring three valuable tips for a complementary fixation of your shin guards, regardless of the model. The first is the use of two socks, or a high sock and a sock.
To reinforce the position of your model, but without squeezing the region where it is, you can use two socks. Place the first sock, which can also be a high sock, and then position the shin guard under it; finally, put the second half, to support.
The elastic is like an anklet, but for the region of the tibia. It serves as the first sock of the previous procedure, but without increasing the volume inside the boot like a sock, but with a slightly greater grip on the leg.
The tape is a device widely used by professionals, it can be an elastic tape, adhesive or both. It is the way in which there is greater fixation, at the same time that it is tighter. It is usually placed over the sock, around the center of the shin.
Football shin guards do not have a very wide price range. The cheapest models cost around R $ 15, while the most expensive can be found for up to R $ 60.
The material obviously makes a difference, with the lightness and resistance being proportional to the value of the model, that is, the lighter and more resistant, the more expensive. More advanced fixation and impact absorption technologies are also important for the price increase.
Where to buy?
Big physical sports stores offer a good variety of models and also have specialized sellers – and the best brands, of course.
For a greater variety not only of models, but of prices, online stores such as Amazon,among others, are a better option, still counting on the comfort of buying directly from your home.
Purchasing criteria: Factors to choose the ideal shin guard
Below, we list aspects and characteristics of soccer shin guards, as well as some relevant points of its use. They can be interesting choice criteria at the time of purchase:
- Your departure
- Stocking height
- Position and style of play
So let’s talk about each of these aspects, so that your purchase is as accurate as possible.
It is valuable to know the type of match you usually play, as the level of competitiveness will tell you about the amount (and the intensity) of the disputes and divides that will take place.
A light and relaxed ball does not need more than a simple shin guard, just in case; tournaments and competitions already ask for more reinforced models, with elastic fixation or even with anklet.
The size of the shin guards is not random, and each layer (PP, M, G, etc.) corresponds to the right height of its user, and therefore the measurement of the person’s leg. The following table summarizes this relationship well:
Another criterion that can help you is when you like to leave your sock. There is no right model for each height, but a better fit for each type.
Lower socks, for example, do better with simple shin guards; at medium height, models with elastic straps tend to be well positioned; tall socks give maximum support and give space for shin guards with anklets.
Position and style of play
Even if you are not a professional, you have a position where you play better and your own style of play, be faster, more passive, even more energetic, say.
And each of these positions and styles can benefit from a specific shin guard. Defenders, for example, with many heels and divides, do well with elastic strap models, well fixed.
Midfielders and passers get rid of the ball faster and spin a lot, needing a lot of agility in the movement of their legs. A simple, well-placed shin guard comes in handy.
Finally, strikers, sprinters and dribblers, with many changes of direction (and many shocks on the shin), marry well with models with anklets, to sustain their movements and protect from the constant “caresses” of the markers.