Learn a new skill from this guide. Baseball Elbow Guards are a product that are worn on the outside of the arm to protect your elbow while you play baseball. The guards can reduce pain and inflammation and prevent disability due to injury. They come in various materials, sizes, shapes, designs, colors and levels of protection. Choose the one that best suits your needs and your budget.
Learn about the basic anatomy of the elbow. The elbow links the forearm to the upper arm or humerus. It consists of three bones: two in your forearm and one in your upper arm. When you bend your elbow, these three bones come together to form a hinge joint. Your ulna and radius are in your lower arm, while your humerus is in the upper arm.
Sports related injuries, such as elbow injuries, happen often. In baseball, it’s common for pitchers to throw a ball towards home plate and end up striking a batter in the hand with an elbow. This happens at every level of baseball from Little League all the way to Major League Baseball.
That’s why companies have created specialized elbow guards that are designed to protect against these types of injury. They are made with high-tech materials that absorb impact and dissipate impact energy so players can repeat their same motions without any pain or discomfort in their hands after they’ve been worn during play. These cushioned guards provide relief from the persistent pain many players get after playing through a few games (and experiencing some serious tenderness).
The MLB has recently started to develop elbow guards like those used by players. Here’s a summary of what they’re made of and the benefits they bring.
Types: There are different kinds of guards made from a variety of materials, most commonly soft foam but also hard plastic and neoprene. Soft foam products are the most common though.
Material: Usually these will be a combination of foam and a less-dense material such as neoprene or plastic composition. They will be either fully padded or half-lined (the forearm is covered with padding but not the upper arm).
Cost: These vary in prices depending on what kind you choose, as well as where you get them from. Many places sell them, but I’d recommend going online for a cheaper price.
Shape: Elbow guards come in various shapes:
Strapless (not bound by any structure)
Strapped on with fabric straps that go around the forearm and up the upper arm. It is held in place by hook-and-loop style tabs. Some are made with a Velcro strap that can be opened when needed for comfort or extended wear. Others have straps that can be taken off and used for other sports activities such as weight lifting or rock climbing, as well as general everyday use (some will come with clips to help secure them to your clothing).
Strap-on units that go over the elbow and are secured with a plastic or metal buckle. It is usually worn underneath a sleeve or sweatshirt.
Occlusive: These are specialized elbow guards that cover the skin completely with padding from top to bottom of the joint. They provide ultimate protection to prevent injury, especially if you’re a pitcher because it will protect your arm from fastballs that can strike your elbows at up to 100MPH.
Padding: Padding will be located on the forearm, upper arm, and all across the joint itself.