The equipment worn by a goalkeeper plays a huge part in their performance and also injury prevention. Over the next twelve months ill be sharing with you various updates and reviews on all the gear that I wear. In this post I will be looking at arm guards and why they are so important.
Arm guards are similar to the neck guard. They protect an area that is often only hit on deflections but one that if badly injured, could end your career. The elbow protection is important for diving and pcs but the front protection is what will save you when stopping deflections and also general blocks.
I choose to wear the Robo Arm Guards as they give me the full coverage and protection I need. Getting hit in the arm will always hurt a fair bit but I find it just results in a light bruise. Without the full protection you can get very nasty bruises and soreness that can inhibit your training. The coverage protects your wrist a bit better and also the top of the arm, unlike the shorter options. These also integrate with the open back of the Hi Control Right Hand Protector to give you total coverage.
If you are a goalkeeper who prefers to have more freedom of movement through the arms then you could use a smaller arm guard such as an Elbow Guard or a lighter weight arm guard.
So it really is a personal choice. What you have in protection you give up in agility and what you have in agility you give up in protection. Id love to hear your thoughts as I know arm protection certainly varies. Do you wear them? What do you wear? And why?