Football is a contact sport and as such presents a number of hazards that cause injury. Shinguards cannot always prevent serious injury but are designed and developed to reduce the severity of abrasions and bruises to the player's shin.
In Europe, shinguards that claim to offer protection to the player are considered to be intermediate category personal protective equipment and as such shinguards must be tested and CE marked; shinguards are tested against the BS EN 13061:2009 Standard. This standard assesses the shinguards for a range of properties, including impact resistance, comfort and ergonomic fit.
The CE mark can be found on all Mitre shinguard labels, as well as the user information and product care leaflet.