The benefits of chest protection
In some sports, such as fencing, martial arts and boxing, chest guards are compulsory. In others, like rugby, basketball, roller derby and lacrosse, they’re not required, but can be helpful.
Strikes to the chest can be extremely painful and can cause bruising or even broken ribs. For women, hits to the breasts are very painful can even cause lumps to form – although if this is the case, it’s a good idea to get checked out by a doctor in case there’s another reason.
Whether your code requires it or not, chest protection gives you the confidence you need to excel in your sport.