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Discussion: Shin guards

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Jan. 9, 2018
AncientOne
2 posts
Shin guards
I have seen several discussions regarding shin guards for infielders. I just started playing senior softball last July after a 35 year hiatus from softball. In my first game I took a shot off my left shin, which ended up with a MERSA infection. First time at another league, I got hit again in almost the exact same spot, another infection. Bought soccer shin guards, which helped some, but then while playing first got a bad hop off of a bad throw from my shortstop, and another shot to the same shin, all within about a 3 inch radius. At least no infection this time. As luck would have it it just missed the shin guard.
So, I started a search for a better mouse trap. I bought some motorcycle shin/knee pads, but they didn't extend down far enough to protect my shins. Returned those, and kept up the search.
I finally found a great solution on Amazon. They are called Tactical Police Riot Shin, Knee, and Ankle guards. Cost was $39.99. Received them this morning, and tried them on and they are perfect. Go over the outside of your pants and have 4 velcro straps to hold them in place. Very light weight, no restriction in knee or ankle movement. Hope this helps some others. The company selling them on Amazon is Miami Security Products Inc.
Jan. 10, 2018
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3205 posts
Playing first base I have taken shots of my right shin four times. I never had the injuries looked at by doctors but now I may think otherwise.
I use baseball shin guards which work very well. I may check out the Riot Shins.
Thanks for the tip
Jan. 10, 2018
rlspls1974
Men's 65
113 posts
I've been using Diamond Umpire shin guards for a couple of years while pitching. Two simple buckles for quick a change.
Jan. 10, 2018
sbswat24
Men's 50
15 posts
I use motorcross shin guards they are pretty decent, also I know a lot of pitchers have been using ice hockey shin guards. For first base maybe try field hockey shin guards for mobility.
Jan. 10, 2018
Omar Khayyam
1350 posts
I have been using martial arts shinguards, they are lightweight and easy on-and-off, but they don't cover the knee. A fellow pitcher uses hockey shin guards that cover the knee, but they are a bit bulky for running over to cover first. I'll try AncientOne's suggestion!
Jan. 13, 2018
Q19
Men's 60
77 posts
Have you guys ever heard about EVOSHIELD? Lightweight protective custom form fitted to your shins and slides into your socks. I use these along with McDAVID Hex knee pads.
Jan. 25, 2018
Turbobob
Men's 65
67 posts
AncientOne, I went to the site today on Amazon and the price is now $59.95 for what you describe from Miami Security Products. You must have been very fortunate to get them at that price, or they had a price increase right after your order.

Regardless, thanks for the info in case I think about using them when pitching.
Jan. 25, 2018
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
As a regard to MRSA or staph infection, clean the spot with alcohol ASAP. It might not look like a bad bruise, but the skin is still broken and infection can easily set in.

On a side note, the staph infection or MRSA never leaves the body.
Jan. 25, 2018
Mannjo
56 posts
Guys,check out epic sports. Brought a pair of soccer shin guards for $2.99. They are one piece. Slid right over your shin. No straps or inserts. Can run with no problem.
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