Finger Protection is something that we see over 80% of American Goalkeepers wear, one question we get a lot is - what about the thumb? Many Keepers don't understand why all gloves don't come with thumb protection.
The answer is quite simple, but can be broken down like this
The only instance where we would recommend a thumbsave is in the case of a pre-existing injury, and then we would most likely recommend taping your thumb over a fingersave!
If you feel you need thumb protection you can add it to almost any glove, except gloves that have wrap over/wrap under thumb (as we stitch the thumb and there is no pocket).
Also remember that fingersaves are not the cure all against injury, we recommend doing exercises to increase hand strength in younger keepers! If you have any questions about Finger or Thumbsaves you can always shoot the West Coast team a question at Contact@WestCoastGoalkeeping.com or on twitter @WestCoastGK -
Stand Your Ground
Shawn Norris, President
West Coast Goalkeeping
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Every day at West Coast we get questions about whether or not a keeper should use finger saves. This post hopes to help you make a choice, show what some our pros do and explain why every pair of West Coast Gloves comes with removable finger saves.
One of the most common emails we get is concerns wear on the bottom of a palm.
A simple way to make your palms last is to make a fist when Pushing Up from the Turf.