If you’ve never had a swellbow before then go ahead and browse around for your fit right now to prevent it from happening because when you hit it the right way, it hurts like a bunch of bad words. Your elbow is a joint and you need to take care of it.
We highly recommend that beginners strap on some elbow pads when first starting out, you never really know which way you’re going to go down and it’s nice to be able to just get back up and try again. Learning safely is learning fun.
If you want something a little more low profile but just as effective, check out the top of the line G-form pads. They are soft to the touch but harden significantly upon impact with the ground and fit almost seamlessly under clothing. They absorb almost all the impact and give you a full range of movement. They feel great!