May 2, 2017 0:00

// Boxing and martial arts

Contact martial arts classes assume the presence of special protection. Full-fledged equipment is needed for novice athletes from the first steps. As the level of training increases, protective ammunition is supplemented with the necessary elements. The standard minimum required for full-fledged karate, Thai boxing, kickboxing and sambo classes consists of protecting the legs, arms and body.

Foot protectors: a variety of models and types

Leg protection provides equipment for the lower leg and foot. Shin protection minimizes pain after blows and helps to avoid serious injuries and bruises. In addition, the presence of protective devices allows you to practice kicks in full force. There are certain criteria for choosing foot protection.

Foot protection has different variations:

  • Stocking type. Protection is represented by gaiters with an overlay on the shins. The FirePower and Title ankles fully comply with the stated characteristics.
  • A one-piece device with Velcro fastening.
  • A separate protective device that is fixed with Velcro.
  • Shin guards.
  • Feet for feet.

Foot protection is made of fabric, natural or artificial leather, vinyl, as well as foam rubber – neoprene. Protection from such materials allows you to quickly put on and fix the devices.

Combined ankles made of elastane with cotton “breathe” well and dress tightly. The combination of natural cotton and elastic fabrics with shock-absorbing inserts allows you to tightly wrap your leg and protect it from bumps and sprains. Neoprene models provide a bandage effect, fix the correct position. Neoprene is not subject to deformation, durable and hypoallergenic. The shields made of genuine leather are durable and wear-resistant.  Protection made of leatherette differs favorably in price. The leather substitute imitates the properties and appearance of a natural material due to a cotton base with a polyurethane layer. Good quality leather vinyl is not inferior to natural leather. The material has organoleptic properties and durability. Therefore, the protection made of leather has a high wear resistance.

In order to choose the right protection for the legs, it is necessary to measure the distance from the ankle joint to the knee bend. It is also important to know the circumference of the lower leg. Measurements need to be carried out on two legs. The new protection may be slightly smaller in size, because over time, when used, it spreads and will fit.

Hand protection: how to save elbows and forearms

During sports activities, not only the legs require protection. It is equally important to choose the right hand protection. Elbow pads will ensure the safety of the elbow joint. Such a protective device is very much in demand in Thai boxing, where elbows are allowed.

Elbow pads should have a number of important characteristics. They should be made of natural or synthetic fabric, soft and pleasant to the touch. The protection made of cotton with elastane is easy to put on and hold. Polyurethane inserts protect the hands and forearms. GreenHill elbow pads allow the skin to breathe and absorb moisture perfectly, they retain body heat and enhance blood circulation. Such protection takes the form of an elbow, does not sag and does not restrict movement. In certain models, there is a fixation with an elastic band. This allows the protection to always stay in place. Reinforcement of the vulnerable part with a special plate guarantees protection of the joint in case of a fall.

Elbow pads do not require special care. They can be washed at 40 degrees and unscrewed at 800 rpm. Protective devices for the hand and forearm are also easy to care for. This type of equipment has an anatomical shape and reliable fixation. Some models have a special pillow inside. High-quality synthetic fabric absorbs moisture and does not restrict movement. Polyurethane inserts guarantee protection of the forearms and hands.

Case protection: when size matters

During training, protective vests are used as protection of the torso. This type of equipment takes into account the anatomical features of the body and absorbs blows as much as possible. There are vests that are suitable for all types of martial arts.

The outer layer of the vest has increased strength due to wear-resistant material, and a light filler will minimize injuries and guarantee heat dissipation. The straps securing the vest do not constrain the movements of the athlete. Shoulder pads exclude clavicle injuries. The elongated front part protects the groin, which makes the vest an integral attribute of safe training.

The vests are made of genuine leather and leatherette. Kozhvinil has excellent operational properties. This light and unassuming material is not inferior to natural leather, but it is much cheaper. Leather vests are the optimal ratio of price and quality.  

To improve the training process, a trainer’s vest is used. Such a protective device allows you to practice strikes and simulate sparring. Body protection from TM “Zelart Sport” will absorb the force of blows and protect the body from possible injuries. Such ammunition is equipped with fasteners, with the help of which the size is adjusted.

The size of the protective vest is selected according to the height:

  • With a height of up to 120 cm, a zero (0) vest size is required.
  • With a height of 120-140 cm, the vest should be 1 size.
  • For a height of 140-160 cm, a vest of 2 sizes is suitable.
  • Height 160-180 cm corresponds to size 3.
  • With a height of 180-200, a 4-size vest is required.
  • If you are taller than 200 cm, the vest should be size 5.

Protective equipment of an athlete is an important element of both the training and competitive process. It is necessary to approach the choice of sports equipment responsibly, because effective and high-quality protection not only guarantees the safety of bones and joints, but also provides comfort during its use.

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