I just learned that some kids can have a skin reaction, or skin dermatitis, from wearing shin guards. Seems like this is a common problem especially for lacrosse and football players. Ouch!
After searching around on the internet I found a couple of basic recommendations…
First priority is keeping the shin guards and socks very clean. It’s not rocket science to do that, but if you need some tips read my previous blog post- Cleaning Shin Guards.
I found a product called “Shinnerz” which is basically an inner thin sock that is worn underneath your shin guards. The company is in the UK, but they ship internationally.
After searching around I also found these STX Rash Guard on Amazon for $9.95
But I think these “Kangaroo Guard Sleeves“ from Xara are the most awesome option of all! We were discussing this exact issue at our tournament this weekend and one of the girls on LSG’s team uses these with great success. I don’t know if you can see from the picture, but you actually slip the shin guards inside a front pocket and your skin is protected and the guards are held in place. Great idea!
In a pinch, it could also be worth a try to use the shin guard sleeves under the guards instead of over.
Has anyone else had any experience with this? What worked??