Thursday, November 24, 2011
What you got under them fuzzy things?
I know, I know! The shame of it all! How could I be such a dork! Well, I'll tell you, I love my shin guards and you can have them when you pry them off of my hot sweaty shins.
I started wearing the shin guards during my rookie year, after an unfortunate back kick I received from another league member. When it happened, I had to crawl off of the track while trying not to scream obscenities. I did mutter them though, and promptly got some ice on my shin. The bruise was amazing, and developed into a negative rainbow of mostly greens and purples.
I felt ridiculous, because this ludicrous accident prevented me from skating the rest of that practice, not to mention how painful it actually was. I sat on the mushrooms at our practice space and pondered my options. Why hadn't I worn shin guards? I wore them without fear during soccer practice, and this sport was no less brutal. Why did I feel so silly thinking about wearing shin guards? After that practice, I stopped by the local sporting good store and checked out the selection of shin guards.
The really sad thing about shin guard shopping was, they were so cheap! I could have prevented an extremely painful injury for nine dollars and change. I almost slapped my forehead! How much of our gear can be bought at that price point? I finally settled on a pair of pink ones with ankle protectors, and at the next practice, I put them on and skated out to the floor.
I have bought a different pair since then, and I always wear them during scrimmage and drills. At a recent bout, another skater fell with her knee directly on my ankle, and the paramedics informed me that the ankle protectors saved my ankle from breaking.
So, hear me now. Have you had a bruised shin because of weird skate intrusion into your personal space? I have seen so many fellow skaters get kicked in the shins and have horrific bruises and injuries that could have been prevented, but so many of us fight against wearing shin guards because we don't want to wear extra gear? Really? Some skaters have told me that they won't wear them because they're ugly. I always say "How ugly are your shins going to be if you keep getting kicked in them?" It's not like a shin kick is something you can train to avoid; weird falls and pile ups happen all of the time, whether you're skating as a newbie or a vet. I personally would rather be comfortable and protected.
These are the shin guards I use now. I get no money or endorsements from Adidas and Dick's Sporting Goods. http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3932315&cp=4406646.4413887.4414021