We all know that person who wears the smallest shin guards they can find as a fashion statement. God forbid what would actually happen if they got tackled. Well research has concluded that the standard polypropylene shin guards do not provide sufficient protection against high impact forces, however the fairly expensive carbon fibre shin guards do. These are now available off the shelf, starting from around £50 for a pair of Nike Mercurial Blade, £100 for a pair of C6 up to £130 for IXO pro model. If however you want the personal touch then go for a custom fitted pair. You might think like I did a cast would need to be taken, I would have to travel somewhere it was going to be a lot of hassle. Well actually, SAK have developed a way to customise shin guards using a bit of Blue Peter style cutting and sticking and a digital photo, all from £125. Now a company named SAK (safety against kicking) reassures me somewhat, and the fact the materials used are commonly used in the military and aerospace industries has me sold.
It is generally accepted that only an idiot with no ounce of self-respect would wear shin guards during a training session. If we are to accept training should take place at the same intensity as a match, then would it be wise to protect yourself at all costs? Time to be a trail blazer and pop on the shin guards to training, if only to get the most out of your £125.