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Roller Derby Wrist Guards

Wrist injuries are a common roller derby injury; protect yourself with proper roller derby wrist guards

There are 27 bones in one human hand, including 8 in your wrist. All told, your two hands account for more than one-quarter of all the bones in your body. Make sure they’re protected with high-quality derby wrist guards like the Triple 8 Roller Derby WristSavers, 187 wrist guards, or Pro Designed wrist guards. See below for more info on roller derby wrist guards.

Why do I need a roller derby wrist guard?

Wrist protection and wrist guards may not be the first thing you think of when you think of roller derby gear. However, wrist/hand injuries are common in roller derby. When you fall, it’s instinctive to put out your hands to try and break your fall. In a tumble of fast-moving skaters, your hands and wrists can sustain a lot of force in what might look like a routine fall. And roller derby wrist guards take a lot of other abuse. Not only do you fall on them, you grab onto them when you get a “whip,” you clap with them, and wipe the sweat off your cheek with them. Most players will end up replacing their derby wrist guards at least once a year. Some things to keep in mind when you’re choosing wrist guards for roller derby:
  • Think about whether you want glove-style wrist guards or wrist guards that cover only your palms and leave your fingers uncovered.
  • Your wrist guards should fit properly and cover as much of your palm as possible.
  • Some derby wrist guards extend farther up your wrist than others. What’s most comfortable for you?

XSportsProtective staff picks for roller derby wrist guards

TripleEight’s WristSavers for roller derby are the best wrist guards for roller derby we’ve ever seen. Designed with input from and tested by derby players specifically for roller derby, the Triple 8 roller derby WristSavers feature a wide, distinctively shaped palm splint for greater coverage and energy disbursement. Other features of the Triple Eight Wristsaver wrist guard for roller derby: High-density, impact-resistant, replaceable splints positioned on front and back of wrists for support
  • Sweatsaver™ brow-wipe on back of hand
  • Terry cloth inside lining for comfort
  • Reinforced double-stitching throughout
    We also like the 187 skate wrist guards for roller derby. The 187 wrist guards have a contoured design for a comfortable, perfect fit and extra thick splint protection that is concentrated at the base of the hand, which is where most impacts occur. Other features of the 187 wrist guards:
    • Double stitching and high-strength ballistic nylon for durability
    • Three adjustable Velcro straps
    • Hand washable

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