BitePRO® Bite Resistant Arm Guards Help Protect Health Care Workers
Why do health care workers need bite resistant arm guards?
BitePRO® Bite Resistant Arm Guards (www.bite-pro.com/products) are a reliable way of protecting general health care and mental health care professionals as well as specialists within high secure hospitals from human bites.
According to Jeffrey Barrett (MD Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine), approximately 10%-15% of human bite wounds become infected due to a number of factors. The bacterial inoculum of human bite wounds contains as many as 100 million organisms per millilitre and is made up of 190 different species. A large number of these are anaerobes that flourish in the low redox environment of tartar that lies between human teeth or in areas of gingivitis.
“Human bites have been shown to transmit hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes simplex virus (HSV), syphilis, tuberculosis, actinomycosis, and tetanus. “
The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology states that bite injuries represent 1% of all emergency department admissions in the United States.
Data released by the UK’s NHS Security Management Service reveals that mental health care professionals are far more likely to be attacked than other health care workers with a total of 38,958 assaults in 2008-09, accounting for 71% of attacks on health care staff during that period. However, the percentage of which involved human bites is unknown.
Mark Perry, appeared close to tears at the NASUWT (largest teachers union in the UK) conference in 2009 where he told fellow delegates about his experiences with disturbed ten-year-olds in Wrexham, North Wales. He recounts how he was once bitten so hard that blood was drawn.
Another delegate, Suzanne Nantcurvis, a geography teacher from Llangollen, North Wales, said she knew members who had been forced to pay for immunisations and protective equipment. Suzanne states:
“Biting is quite a big issue in special schools and when risk assessments are completed it’s usual to put in the control measure of a protective arm guard”
(taken from UK newspaper ‘Daily Mail’, printed 16th April 2009)
Debbie Townsend, Physical Intervention Training Manager of the Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust (UK) says:
“Human bites can cause both physical injury, risk of infection, soft tissue damage and psychological distress to staff. Whilst our staff teams are usually aware of the potential for bites from records of previous incidents and preventative steps are taken, additional measure such as bite resistant clothing, to protect staff from a bite may be beneficial.”
How can our range of BitePRO® Arm Guards for biting help?
You are probably aware that bite related injuries can become infected and mental health care professionals, special educational needs teachers and others could subsequently be contaminated with pathogens. Transmissions of potentially life-threatening viruses, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV are also a possibility. Therefore, clothing which can prevent human teeth from penetrating the skin must be a worthwhile investment for organisations wanting to protect its staff.
If you look at the potential and realistic consequences, especially following a human bite, you must look at all possible options to help protect mental health care professionals, teachers within special needs schools and others working within challenging sectors such as autism and severe learning disabilities. In the very worst-case scenario, if a serious and incurable disease has been transmitted, it can be life threatening.
For these reasons, arm guards for biting as well as bite resistant clothing have recently been issued to countless professionals in countries around the world, therefore reducing the risk of workplace violence related injuries, severe, infections and bruising.
“I have to say we have been very impressed with the help from all persons contacted at BitePRO. .. As you are probably aware we are a special needs school, which deals with very challenging behaviour, that includes tearing and biting of garments and bedding; finding your company was a godsend to say the least. We have used your arm guards for biting and your material made into pillow covers for some of our children and found they were great for the prevention of holes being made in them.” P. Blower, The Loddon School, UK
If you are facing a violent or distressed person you may instinctively want to lift your arms and hands in order to defend yourself and protect your head and facial area. However, you must acknowledge that this consequently exposes your forearm and hands to a higher risk of danger of arm injuries, and that is where the arm guards for biting make a major difference.
Furthermore, the majority of injuries found on police or security guards can be found on their forearms or open hands and are classed as ‘defensive injuries’, indicating a person was defending themselves rather than attacking the other person.
There’s no question about it… our range of arm guards for biting will significantly decrease the risk of injuries and subsequently reduce the risk of infections and cross contamination.
BitePRO® have also made available two additional models of their ‘Version 1’ and ‘Version 4’ Arm Guards for biting, which provide padded protection from blunt force trauma, protecting the wearer from the risk of infection following a human bite as well as effectively reducing the severity of potentially extremely painful bruising.
However, based on numerous conversations I’ve had over the past few years, I can certainly confirm that most sectors seem to be concerned the most about the risk of infection.
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If you want to discuss the potential use of bite resistant arm guards within your organisation, then please email our BitePRO® Experts [email protected] com
Eve has developed into a globally recognised and respected expert on bite resistant clothing for mental health care, special educational needs schools and secure/psychiatric hospitals and she would be pleased to hear from you.
Our clients around the world have learned to understand the immense benefits BitePRO® Bite Resistant Clothing is bringing to the safety of their frontline staff:
Many of our international customers seem to love our ‘grab bag’ concept.
The ‘BitePRO® Grab Bag’ contains a range of Arm Guards for biting as well as bite resistant Turtleneck Jackets. Staff can choose from these bite resistant garments based on their requirements at the time. Purchasing the Grab Bag will save 20% on the cost of buying the contents individually (click here).
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Arm guard sizing | Artebo
How to calculate your size
Using a tape measure, measure the following:
- wrist circumference (around)
- circumference just below elbow
- circumference just above elbow
- length of forearm from wrist to fold on inside of elbow, with your arm outstretched.
Plus, for the arm guard with long sleeve only:
- upper arm circumference just above the biceps
- length of whole arm from wrist to just above the biceps (not to the shoulder!) 3-4cm before the ampit
You can see where to measure on the photograph, numbers 1 to 4.
On ordering, enter the measurements into the comment field of the order form, for example: 1 = 15cm / 2 = 25cm / etc.
Women with size M or size XL should order size M short, respectively size XL short. XL is suitable for circumferences of 35 cm and more, measured right above the inner side of the elbow.
|Size||Length||Upper arm circumference approx.|
|KID||37 cm||23 – 27 cm|
|XS||42 cm||27 – 31 cm|
|S||42 cm||31 – 35 cm|
|M||45 cm||31 – 36 cm|
|L||48 cm||– 42 cm|
|XL, short||42 cm||– 45 cm|
|XL||48 cm||– 45 cm|
|Size||Length||Measurement around wrist approx.||Measurement around elbow approx.|
|XS||25 cm||13 – 15 cm||21 – 23,5 cm|
|S||25 cm||14,5 – 16,5 cm||23,5 – 26,5 cm|
|M||25 cm||17 – 19 cm||28 – 30 cm|
|L||27 cm||18 – 20 cm||29 – 32 cm|
|XL||25 cm||21 – 24 cm||32 – 35 cm|
Avoid String Slap with the Best Archery Arm Guard » targetcrazy.com
My first off-season bowhunting, I went to the range and left my arm guard at home. No big deal, I thought. I’ll be careful. I left the range early that day with my forearm raw, swollen and the color of hamburger meat. I never made that mistake again.
What I hadn’t realized that off season is that string slaps aren’t exactly accidents or the results of poor form. Really, they’re inevitable, just a part of the sport.
String slaps sting like hell, but the pain isn’t even the worst part. A bad slap can ruin your form for future shots, not to mention your decisiveness if you’re hunting. An arm guard isn’t just a convenience, it’s necessary equipment.
Different bows, different levels and different situations often call for different arm guards. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, a longbow Olympian target archer or a backwoodsman bowhunter, we’ve found the best guards on the market. We’ve also outlined everything you need to know to get the right one for you so you can read through our picks and find the best fit.
Arm guards are essential as string slaps are inevitable
What Is an Arm Guard For?
Whatever your level of involvement with archery or bow hunting, you certainly aren’t alone. In 2017, over 7.7 million Americans had some involvement with the sport. Whether you’re a newbie or a more experienced arrow shooter, everyone experiences string slaps.
“Practice doesn’t always make perfect.”
Contusion, what happens to your forearm when the bowstring slaps it on the way back, is one of the most common archery injuries. The power of the string breaks blood vessels and bleeding occurs under the skin, causing bruising. If you made the same mistake I did and went shooting without your arm guard, ice can help speed recovery.
Sports medical practitioners recommend the use of arm guards to prevent string slap. Arm guards can also stop any loose clothing from getting caught in your bowstring, which could cause an arrow to fly off course.
An Olympic archer shows how you can use an arm guard
How Long Does It Need to Be?
In general, there are two types of arms guard to choose from. A full length guard is better for beginners. It offers more protection and ensures sleeves don’t make contact with the bow string. Standard arm guards cover only the forearm. These are for archers who have more knowledge of elbow rotation when shooting.
An guard should at least cover the entire length of your forearm. If the arm guard is any shorter than the length of your forearm, it may not protect enough of the area against string slap. This is especially true if you’re new to archery.
Larger arm guards may restrict your movement, but they prevent clothing from getting in the way of the bow release. For this reason, many hunters prefer full-length arm guards, in addition to the extra protection for their biceps.
Standard arm guards, designed for the forearm, tend to come in sizes of seven to eight inches. Smaller sizes are also available for children, teens or simply those with smaller body frames. Full-length arm bracers range from 10 to 12 inches in length.
Can I make my own?
Although there are many quality arm guards available from archery and sports suppliers, you can also make your own. If you’re having trouble finding a good fit, you can tailor one yourself.
You can use any sturdy cloth like leather, suede or PVC, depending on how ambitious you feel. Leatherwork can be demanding, but it’s the most durable material.
Black Owl Outdoors shows how you can make your own DIY arm guard
Who needs what?
The kind of arm guard that you’ll need depends on your size, experience and how often you practice archery. For example, someone who is a regular archer with more experience may require less coverage than a novice. Beginners may also need extra padding in their arm guards for extra protection.
As you become more experienced, you can reduce the size of your guard, only covering the area of your arm where the string repeatedly hits. Once you’re more skilled, you’ll know how to better rotate your elbow so it turns sideways rather than up or down. With the arm in this position, you have less body area likely to come into contact with the string.
Hunters have the option of camouflage arm guards. They can also choose sleeve guards that stop their bulky hunting jackets from getting in the way of the bow. Camouflage can also be cool for kids just starting to learn.
Things to look for
Traditionally, arm guards were made of animal skin. Imagine Legolas in Lord of the Rings.To this day, Leather is still one of the most popular materials for arm guards.
Leather and other animal hides are not only durable but also smooth enough that if the arrow hits, it doesn’t catch. Natural materials are also more breathable and better suited to hunting outdoors in all seasons. For sensitive skin types, the use of natural fibers is recommended to avoid any undue irritation.
They now also make arm guards with synthetic materials to suit the user’s needs. These include vinyl, plastic and even lighter gauge metals. Lightweight materials are only used if they can offer the protection and comfort needed in an arm guard.
The downside of these is that they lack the traditional appearance and feel. They are also more likely to feel stiff, irritate your skin and make you sweat.
Coverage and length
Most arm guards are available in two main sizes. Forearm guards are normally 7 inches to 8 inches long and are suitable for most arm sizes.
Full arm guards tend to be longer at 11 to 12 inches, which may be desirable if you are after more coverage and protection—or if you have particularly long arms. If you are a beginner, we’d advise using a longer arm guard at first until your form develops. This is because you are more likely to injure yourself initially.
Arm bracers for professional hunters often include coverage and padding of the bicep area as well. This is for added protection and comfort. If you’re getting into archery mainly for bowhunting, consider long guards so you can get used to it.
Bowhunters often go for full arm protection
As a general rule, when working out what size arm guard you need, you should measure the distance between your elbow and wrist. Divide this by two and then add on another two inches for the ideal length. You should also measure the circumference of your forearm at the widest point. You can always shorten the straps, but it’s hard to make them longer.
Most archery arm-guard products are adjustable to some extent and often market themselves as “one size fits all.” However, if you have particularly large or muscular forearms, you will need to look for one that is guaranteed to fit larger forearm circumferences.
The same applies for children or adult archers who have smaller arms. There are some products specifically designed and manufactured for people with a smaller size. If you go for a “one size fits all” product, do your research first to ensure it will fit you right.
Generally, arm guards are manufactured to fit either hand (a bit like bows) which makes them a versatile product. Some models, though, are specifically designed and made to fit on either the right arm or the left arm. These products often have additional features like a guard to cover and protect the thumb. This means they are created for one specific side.
All Round Arm Guards
SAS 8″/11.5″ Armguard
SAS is a brand with a great reputation for high quality items at low prices. This arm guard specifically is a value hard to beat. This product is a cost-effective option that is both functional and high quality.
This eight-inch arm guard from SAS offers maximum protection for your arm as you draw the arrow. It’s made with a lightweight synthetic fabric, so it’s both durable and comfortable to wear. There are extra vents on the arm guard that allow for better air flow to your arm. This is great for year-round archery enthusiasts or bowhunters in hot climates.
This guard has three adjustable straps, so it fits almost any size arm. On top of that, the adjustment system is designed with quick buckles. This makes for faster removal and fitting and is really convenient.
The guard is simple but well made. It provides an excellent level of protection for your arm. You can prevent any rubbing or pinching by wearing a layer of clothing underneath it.
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What we liked:
- Great value
- Fits well
- Adjustable quick buckle system
- Simple, quality design
- High level of protection
- Extra vents for air flow
- Can scratch and pinch the skin
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OMP Mountain Man
If you’re looking for one of the most comfortable arm guards, the OMP Mountain Man could be the end of your search. For starters, it’s made of suede. Even the stitching of this guard has been finished to a high standard to avoid discomfort to sensitive skin.
The seven-inch length should fit most arms, but ensure you take your measurements to see if it’s right for you.
Two Velcro straps make it easy to put on or take off quickly for a comfy fit with enough length for larger arms. If you like the look of this guard but need a tighter fit, you can always snip a little of the Velcro off.
There can be downsides to the straps. Velcro is known to lose its fastening qualities with repeated use. That may cause the guard to move or slip over time. Furthermore, the straps are not thoroughly embedded in the suede and may pull away if stressed.
What makes the OMP different from many other arm guards is the vented design of the straps. This ventilation allows your skin to breathe, a welcome relief in the hot summer months. No more sweaty Robin Hood look.
The size and fit of this arm guard make it ideal for both newcomers and more experienced archers alike. The unrestrictive, comfortable fit of the OMP is something anyone can benefit from at any level.
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What we liked:
- Adjustable Velcro straps
- Strap ventilation
- Unrestrictive, comfortable fit
- Great for all levels
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ArcheryMax Handmade Leather
First and foremost, this guard is thin, lightweight and comfortable. It’s well made and provides a high level of protection to the arm. It goes beyond just protection, though. It actually supports the arm, which has been found to be benefit the someone recovering from an injury.
Lacing along the outside of the arm means it’s fully adjustable. Plus, it’s aesthetically appealing. If you’re a recurve or longbow archer going for that traditional look, here’s something definitely stylish.
The design of the ArcheryMax features a leather flap, which ensures there is no exposed skin. However, this also means that the product can make your arm hot and sweaty after a long period of use.
It comes in two options: antique leather or black leather. It’s a shooting glove style, so it includes an area to cover and protect your thumb. As a result it’s sold to fit either the right or left arm. Consider it if a traditional archer enthusiast or if you’ve suffered an injury and are looking for something with a little more support.
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What we liked:
- Lightweight, comfortable material
- High level of protection
- Adjustable lacing
- Traditional style
- Two leather options
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The Tarantula sleeve covers the forearm with a protective padded fabric. If the string slaps back across your arm as you release the arrow, it won’t sting as much. It also has holes to allow for airflow and keep it comfortable for long periods.
At eight inches, it’s a larger guard, so it’s better for longer arms. The adjustable straps are really long and can fit wide forearms. You can also wear it comfortably over clothing to prevent any catching of the arrow or bow string.
Three elastic straps with buckles provide a strong and secure attachment to your arm. The material is tough and won’t crack or tear after repeated striking.
In fact, this arm guard is so durable the company offers a lifetime warranty against any breakage. If it should ever fail you, the company will fix the sleeve or replace it free of charge. This can save you both time and money. If you’re a serious archer who’s going to be on the range day after day or a frequent bowhunter, this along with this guard’s high level of comfort make it a great option.
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What we liked:
- Protective padded fabric
- Breathable design
- Easily adjustable
- Elastic straps
- Lifetime warranty
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Allen Molded 4-Strap
If you’re looking for an extra bit of protection, this is a very different style of archery arm guard. This is a full-length arm guard, so it’s designed to protect your whole arm, biceps and forearm. It’s a lightweight guard with a striking camouflage design.
This arm guard is so soft that you almost forget you’re wearing it. But don’t be fooled, it offers maximum protection for errant bow strings or even arrows. Even when you’re bending and extending your arm, the flexibility at the elbow ensures that the guard doesn’t restrict your movements. Still, the extra length may be uncomfortable and frankly unnecessary for many users. If you already have good form, a shorter guard is probably plenty.
The fit is comfortable and secure, and the materials and construction are of a high quality overall. What’s better, it comes at a pretty low price.
This product features fully adjustable straps with buckles that release easily to allow for resizing. It’s made in the USA and the fabric is Mossy Oak BreakUp Camo
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What we liked:
- Striking camo design
- Soft and comfortable
- Maximum protection
- Flexible and unrestrictive
- Low price range
- Length unnecessary for some
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For Kids and Youth
Allen Company Mesh
The Allen Company Mesh arm guard is specifically made for smaller or younger archers. It’s designed to protect smaller arms from injury.
It comes in a stylish black mesh material, and it’s available in a choice of orange, pink or green backing fabrics. A durable strip down the center of the product protects your arm from the force of the bow.
This guard is lightweight and breathable and forms well to different sized arms. It has plenty of padding and won’t bunch while in use, making it perfect for younger and more inexperienced archers.
It functions well and provides a great level of protection to the arm. Of course, it’s likely too small for most adults.
The wide straps are made from a soft elastic fabric, which helps to prevent pinching and rubbing. The buckles are easy to use and adjust. It’s possible to make adjustments with one hand while wearing the arm guard without having to remove it.
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What we liked:
- Great for children
- Stylish design
- Lightweight and breathable
- High level of protection
- Very easy to adjust
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10 Best Lacrosse Arm Guards & Elbow Pads
Lacrosse Arm Pad Buying Guide
Here are some things to consider to find a lacrosse arm guard, arm pad, or elbow pad that works best for you.
1) Position & Style of Play
As touched upon earlier, your position will often be the single most important decider in narrowing down your selection of arm protection. There is some interchangeability between certain positions which is where style of play will enter in as more of a factor.
To reiterate from earlier, attackmen value larger, bulkier arm guards to withstand the inevitable onslaught of stick checks they’ll receive in a game. They need pads that can withstand the physicality while not infringing too heavily upon their ability to quickly react and maneuver with the ball.
Midfielders tend to drift more towards lighter weight and more flexible arm pads that still provide enough protection for when they are in transition or on offense and for those midfield scrums for a loose ball. As they are less checked, the standards for protection become a bit looser.
For most defensemen and LSMs, elbow protection is more of a formality required by the rules than a necessity as they seldom get checked hard throughout the game. They instead value mobility, giving them the freedom to lay checks quickly.
As you grow into the game, you become cognizant of the type of checks your style of play absorbs. For an attackman, this may allow you to experiment with less and less padding around your arms. The same goes for a midfielder: a defensive middie may gravitate more towards the elbow caps of their long pole counterparts than the bulkier forearm protection offered to their position.
The hard and fast rule is more protection equals less mobility, and more mobility equals less protection. Figuring out what arm guards/pads work best for you is weighing your value between these two.
2) Finding the Right Fit
Next to your jersey, your arm protection may be the most size-dependent item that you wear on the lacrosse field. Given the lack of adjustment possible in an arm guard, it is important that you consult the size charts provided on the product page or by visiting the manufacturer’s website to get to the closest approximation of fit that best suits you.
But, you still should not take a size chart as undisputed truth to the fit of the product. It is important that you also consult all available reviews from customers to see if a given pad runs large or small, favors certain body sizes over others, or if there are any other quirks to the fit that may not be clear in the product listing.
We cannot overstate the importance of doing your own research into the sizing because there is nothing quite as disruptive and simply uncomfortable on the field as a slipping or bunching arm pad. Take your time to get it right.
As harmless as sweat seems, it can be detrimental to your immediate play on the field and the long term durability (and hygiene) of your arm pads. An arm guard that gets soaked in sweat can weigh you down and cause distracting slippage in your pads that detract from your play.
Luckily, many arm guards on the market today come prepared for the war on moisture. Most, if not all, employ compression sleeves that wick away moisture, keeping your arm dry and your pads snug. This works in tandem with lighter weight, breathable foam and modern cooling technology to maintain the highest level of comfort for the player.
When researching pads, it is important to look for these breathability features that will support you through the wet Spring and hot Summer days.
4) Strap System
Your preference in a strap system vs mainly compression fit for an arm guard is also important to consider. As mentioned under breathability, compression sleeves provide a natural cling to the user’s arm for initial security in the fit.
However, you may not be comfortable with depending on only compression for the fit of your arm guards. Many options, especially those for attack and midfield, include some form of strap —usually elastic—at both or one end of the pad. This allows players to adjust the fit for themselves, letting them find the perfect balance of tightness and comfort.
There are also some other inventive options. The STX Cell 4 elbow pad, for example, employs an inner lining of silicone tape to supplement the compression fit rather than the added bulk of a strap. You may prefer an alternative solution like this to maintain a more streamlined fit to your arm protection.
5) Customer Reviews
To reiterate from the fit section, customer reviews are an invaluable resource in your search for arm protection. We depended on customer reviews to construct this guide, and you should do the same to see what pads worked for people and what potential hiccups may be present in a given product.
Things like durability are not immediately obvious in a product listing. A customer review can easily tell you if an arm guard starts to deteriorate after a few months of use or if the product has a slipping problem or some other deficiency that affects the wear.
Last but not least is your budget. Arm protection for the most part comes at a premium given the necessary value between protection and mobility.
As you scroll towards the high-end arm guards, the balancing act between protection and mobility skews much closer to equilibrium. The opposite goes for cheaper pads on the market, potentially leaving you to choose between one or the other.
Additionally, the long term viability of your protection is something to consider. The constant wear and tear at these pads could send you back looking for a new option every few months if you rely on a cheaper product.
It is important that you try to stick to your budget, however arm protection is not the best place to cut corners on quality when it comes to your gear.
Other Gear Guides
Here at Lax Drip, we have many other gear guides to help you find your perfect fit. Here are some you may be interested in:
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Plastic Arm Guards
High impact, transparent plastic arm guards are sanitary, washable and durable. No straps, buckles or snaps to get in the way. Sizes small, medium, large, and extra large. Guards are furnished for right-hand operator (to be worn on left arm) unless otherwise noted on order.
Lacrosse Arm Pads Buying Guide
Anyone who’s ever taken a slash check off their arm before knows how important a good pair of arm pads are. Today, there are three primary styles of arm padding available for men’s lacrosse players. Each style of padding offers certain benefits and drawbacks that any prospective buyer should consider. Here are some tips to help you navigate the arm pad market today.
What We Cover:
Types of Arm Guards
Arm guards come in three distinct styles: full-length arm pads, mid-length arm pads, or elbow pads.
Full-Length Arm Guards
Full-length arm guards offer players maximum protection from the upper bicep to the upper portion of the wrist. They usually consist of a hard-shell, plastic exterior and a soft interior liner. A pair of these are perfect for attackmen and offensive-minded midfielders who are looking to shield their arms from slashes and checks.
Mid-Length Arm Pads
If a pair of full length arm pads seems a little too cumbersome for you, mid-length arm pads are another good option to consider. With padding from the mid-bicep to mid-forearm, mid-length pads offer significantly more mobility in your arms, but also less protection. If you’re willing to expose a little more of your arm for the sake of mobility, these make for a great choice, especially amongst midfielders and long stick middies.
If you don’t mind taking a few slashes off of your arm for the sake of having maximum arm mobility, look no further than a pair of elbow pads. While their minimalistic design only covers player’s elbows, they’re great if you’re looking for a wider range of motion and a lightweight padding alternative. A pair of these are great for any defender, mobile midfielder, or fearless attackman. Just starting out? Stick with something more protective.
While the fit of your arm padding obviously comes down to what style you opt for, there are certain guidelines you should follow to make sure your pads are sized correctly. Not sure what size your arms will be in lax padding? While not every brand follows universal sizing, here’s a general outline of how most arm pads break down.
Once your pads arrive, it’s crucial that you try them on with your gloves and shoulder pads. Your arms should feel snug and secure within the padding once you’ve strapped them on, not like they’re about to fall off when you reach down for your first ground ball or take on your first check.
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Motorcyclist neck / shoulder protection
Neck and shoulder protection
Neck protectors are a relatively new piece of general motorcycle protective gear, often used in motocross.The purpose of this element is to prevent extreme tilt of the head leading to a fracture of the cervical vertebrae, and therefore to protect the cervical spine from damage and injury in the event of falls and collisions. In general, this is a rather difficult area to protect. Modern protective equipment is based on sealing the space between the shoulders and the helmet by putting on a polyurethane horseshoe-shaped roller. This protection acts as an emphasis for the helmet, which limits the movement of the head (before the riders received severe injuries associated with a fracture of the base of the skull, when at the moment of impact the rider’s head first tilted forward with great speed, and after a full stop – without reducing speed, returned back) …Naturally, such protection cannot prevent injuries caused by impact along the axis of the spine (at the moment, there are no protective equipment against compression injuries of the spine). In case of injuries caused by rotational movements of the head, the possibilities of protection are also limited, that is, the neck can no longer be broken in it, but there remains the risk of twisting it.
What does the neck protection consist of
The protective neck element is a drop-down looped structure.The action of the neck protection is impossible without the participation of the helmet, since the protrusions and bends are designed to support the helmet under various influences. In addition, the neck element must be properly adjusted so as not to interfere with the necessary head movements for vision and at the same time to avoid excessive head shifts.
In this direction, there are more complex equipment options. For example, the neck guard from companies such as Leatt and Alpinestars consists of two tables – front and rear, which are made of reinforced carbon fiber and serve as a load-bearing chassis.With the help of special locks, the tables are connected around the neck and each of them has a rigid “shank”, which rests on the front on the chest, and on the back – on the back between the shoulder blades. The upper platform has a special profiling for the helmet. Thus, this protection is highly likely to protect against fracture of the cervical vertebrae, but not from folding.
However, it doesn’t matter which neck guard you choose, for example for motocross. It is important that the constant use of neck protectors is, in every sense, an additional point to the overall safety of the rider.
You can buy modern neck protection from the Motostil store from us, and we will promptly deliver your order anywhere in the country (except for the temporarily occupied territories): Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, Dnipro, Ivano-Frankovsk, Nikolaev, Zaporozhye, Zhitomir, Rivne, Poltava, Chernivtsi, Cherkasy, Kropyvnytskyi, Kherson, Vinnitsa, Lviv, Lutsk. Delivery by transport companies is carried out to any post office in Ukraine.
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