How To Keep Your Shin Pads In Place – Method One: Taping
How To Tape Your Shin Pads
Taping over the socks has long been the method of choice for the majority of footballers to secure their shin pads and although it’s straightforward, some ways of taping are better than others.
Probably the most popular type of tape used in recent years has been PVC/electrical tape, however it can be too tight and restrictive as well as difficult to remove. Zinc oxide tape is easier to remove but again can be quite tight.
We’ve found a great alternative is cohesive tape/wrap which is easy to apply and remove, as well as being stretchy and comfortable. The added bonus of cohesive tape is that it only sticks to itself and so can also be used directly on your skin to secure your shin pads under your socks as well as over them.
Start by placing your shin pad on your leg in the position where it will be secured, roughly 2 to 3 inches above the ankle is best but you’ll know what feels comfortable. You can do this with or without a pair of under socks (e.g. Trusox) on.
As cohesive tape won’t stick to your skin, it won’t hurt coming off so you can tape the shin pad directly to your leg. Three or four times round at the top and bottom is usually enough.
Pull your sock up over your shin pad and apply tape over the sock at the bottom of the shin pad.
Unlike PVC tape, the tightness of cohesive tape depends on how tight you actually wrap it so you’ll be able to judge what is most comfortable for you.
How To Keep Your Shin Pads In Place – Method Two: Sleeves
How To Wear Shin Pad Sleeves
The main alternative to taping your shin pads is to use shin pad sleeves under your socks. Shin pad sleeves are usually made from breathable, flexible fabric so that they don’t absorb too much sweat underneath your socks.
They’re effectively a smaller, lighter sock with no foot in terms of shape and are worn over your shin pads to keep them in place without the use of tape.
If your sleeves are the right size and provide enough compression to keep your shin pads secure, then you probably won’t need tape at all, but some prefer the extra security of applying tape outside the socks even when wearing sleeves.
With sleeves, it’ll be easiest to put them on first before worrying about your shin pads, so pull them on and position them where your shin pads will be going.
Next, place your shin pads inside the sleeves, ensuring they’re completely covered and secure.
You can now pull your socks up over your shin pads and, depending on your preference, either leave it there or apply tape over the sock at the bottom of the shin pads.
Cohesive tape is again good for this purpose if you decide to add tape as you’ll be able to judge how tight it needs to be wrapped to complement the sleeves.
Check out the shin pads used for this guide here! –