Have you every taken a hit to your elbows just doing normal day-to-day activities? I am sure it hurt! Think about playing a game of lacrosse with players slashing and cross checking you trying to get the ball. Your elbows are a prime and legal target for them to hit and “scoop” up so you lose control. To counteract this issue, you must use the best lacrosse elbow pads. I will explain how to go about choosing elbow pads and then review a few products.
Choosing the Best Lacrosse Elbow Pads
First of all, without elbow pads you cannot play since it is part of the rules. Apart from that, however, you need pads that give ample protection, mobility, and ventilation. I will talk about these in detail:
Like I explained earlier, you need to protect your elbows. The way to do this is by purchasing padded elbow pads. The padding should not be heavy so you look like a giant on the field but enough to give you the necessary protection. As a caveat, however, too much protection can lead to a lack of mobility.
Your elbow joint does a lot of the work on the field. You are constantly either running, cradling, checking, or trying to scoop the ball. All of these require mobile elbows. By putting on elbow pads, you are in essence reducing your mobility for protection. However, the best lacrosse elbow pads consider a good balance between mobility and protection.
You will be running a fair amount in a Lacrosse game. So make sure to you elbow pads that have plenty of ventilation (holes) so that airflow can occur. Luckily, lacrosse jerseys are half sleeve and hence your elbow pads will get breathing room, in general. But more ventilation the better.
Types of Lacrosse Pads
There are different types of lacrosse pads. Some lacrosse pads cover your entire arm. Other lacrosse pads cover just the elbows.
Lacrosse Arm Pads
When I played lacrosse, I initially opted to use the full arm guards that ran from the shoulder pads down past my elbows. This gave me ample protection. However, as a I became a better player, I felt these pads were restrictive. I also realized that the space between your should pads and the elbows (also know as the bicep area), is typically strong and can take a hit. I opted to change into lacrosse arm pads to get more mobility on the field.
Lacrosse Elbow Pads
I do not recommend these. Elbow pads just cover the bone of the elbows. I have seen many of my fellow players using these tiny pads. These pads provide no protection at all around your arm. I leave the choice up to you.
You can watch the video below to get an understanding of pads: