Guide to Hockey Shinguards

Field hockey shinguards are crucial pieces of protective gear that help prevent injuries to the shins and lower legs during the game. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right hockey shinguards:


Length: The shin guard should cover your shin from just below the knee to above the ankle. It should fit comfortably without being too tight or too loose.

Width: The shin guard should wrap around your leg snugly without constricting blood flow.

Fit and Comfort

Ankle Protection: Some shin guards come with additional ankle protection. Consider whether you need this feature based on your playing style and position.

Straps: Look for shin guards with adjustable straps or sleeves. These allow you to customize the fit and keep the guards securely in place during the game.

Comfort: Choose shin guards with padding on the inner side for comfort. The padding should be thick enough to provide protection but not too thick to impede movement.


Hard Outer Shell: Most field hockey shin guards have a hard outer shell made of plastic or a similar durable material. This shell provides impact resistance and protection against sticks and balls.

Foam Padding: The inner padding is usually made of foam or similar shock-absorbing materials. This padding absorbs impact and enhances comfort.

Position-Specific Guards

Defenders: Defenders often need shin guards with extra ankle protection since they are more likely to be involved in tackles and close-quarters play.

Midfielders and Forwards: Players in these positions might prefer lighter shin guards that prioritize agility and speed.

Brand and Reviews

Reputable Brands: We stock well-known sports equipment brands or brands specifically known for their hockey gear. These brands often invest in research and design to ensure the best protection.

Reviews: Read reviews from other players to get an idea of the durability, comfort, and overall performance of the shin guards you’re considering.


Cleaning: After each game, wipe the shin guards with a damp cloth to remove dirt and sweat. Some shin guards have removable padding that can be washed separately.

Drying: Air-dry the shin guards away from direct sunlight and heat sources to prevent damage to the materials.


Ensure the shin guards meet the regulations of the governing body of the league or tournament you’re participating in. Different organizations may have specific requirements regarding the size and materials of shin guards.

Try Before You Buy

If possible, visit our shop and try on different brands and styles to find the shin guards that offer the best fit and comfort. Walk, run, and make movements similar to those you would make during the game to ensure the guards stay in place.

By considering these factors, you can find field hockey shin guards that provide optimal protection, comfort, and flexibility, allowing you to focus on your game without worrying about potential injuries.

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