Faq II: Equipment & Maintenance:

2.6 Armour


     Padded jackets, plastrons, and gloves are available to take the
     sting out of hard hits.  Most coaches will use special
     heavily-padded jackets or sleeves when giving lessons, but these
     are not intended for competitive use.

     Some masks have extra coverage at the back of the head to protect
     against whip-overs.  Elbow protectors are also commonly worn by
     sabreurs.

     Athletic cups are important for men, and breast protectors are
     essential for women.  The latter can take the form of individual
     bowls to cover each breast, or more complete full-chest
     protectors that cover the ribs up to the collarbone.



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