My son is a HS catcher and jammed his thumb reaching for a high pitch over his head. He had significant pain afterwards when framing inside pitches, and essentially had to sit out and let it heal a few weeks. The rubber padding around the thumb in this glove took care of the issue and allowed him to get back behind the plate immediately. It fits well inside the glove and still allows for good feel and control. The thumb is fine and he uses it now all the time to prevent it from getting jammed again. Wish we had had it earlier.