With summer in full swing now, summer football practices are starting to heat up with an eye towards the fall football season. Conditioning is underway and we know you are committed to using the very best football protective equipment. Now is the time to start thinking about how you will protect your football players for the season.
Choosing which football gear is right for your players can sometimes be a long process. Players definitely want to avoid equipment that is heavy, hot, or uncomfortable. Here are a few tips when choosing the 4 basic pieces of football protective equipment: helmets, mouthguards, shoulder pads, and pant pads
The biggest factor with purchasing the right football helmet is trying to get one that fits properly.Different brands will have different helmet padding systems. When comparing the helmet padding systems, you should consider the material and design of the padding. To help with fit, many players choose a helmet that has a bladder instead of no bladder.
There are not different helmets for different positions, but there are different face masks for different positions based on what kind of protection a player wants. Some masks are more open for running positions, and some are made for linemen for keeping hands out of the face.
Polycarbonate and ABS are the two dominate materials used to produce football helmet shells. Most youth helmets are made with ABS. Most varsity/adult helmets are made with polycarbonate because they can withstand a higher impact.
Mouthguards are important to protect your mouth and reduce the impact from a hit that could cause a possible brain injury. Basic mouthguards are your standard “boil and bite” mouthguard made from standard dental vinyl. These can come with a strap, no strap, or lip protection. The next level of mouthguard would be one with an added shock absorbing feature.Gel mouthguards have a gel insert within the mouthguard itself whichhelps absorb more energy from an impact compared to basic mouthguards. The more advanced mouthguardsinclude additional shock absorbing features and come with dual arch technology. Dual arch technology better positions the jaw creating a safety space at the base of the skull and jaw.The most important aspect of any of them are that they fit properly and conform to the player’s mouth. It is important to follow the fitting instructions by each manufacturer to obtain the intended protection.
Football Shoulder Pads
Football shoulder pads may make the biggest difference in helping to protect your football players. They need to fit your football player properly to optimize their range of motion while still maximizing their on-field protection. Gear Pro-Tec makes a popular line of youth shoulder pads and andadult shoulder pads. The Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool shoulder pads are light and cool becausethey have a moisture management design. This design is especially popular with customers who play in hot outdoor weather. Just ask the professional football players, top D1 colleges, and high school state champions who use them.
Football Pant Padding
What a customer should know about football pant padding is that there is a shift in the way players are protecting the lower half of their body.
Traditionally, a youth football player will purchase football pants and then a 7-piece pad set to insert within the pant pad pockets. A growing trend amongst youth football players is choosing football pants with integrated pads. Football pants with integrated pads are becoming more popular mostly because of a convenience factor (easy to launder & easy to manage because they do not have all the separate pads to keep up with).
Traditionally,adult/varsity football players will purchase football pants and they will purchase the pads separately (not in a 7-piece set). The adult/varsity players prefer choosing separate hip pads, thigh pads, and knee pads because they can choose pads that are designed for their position. A growing trend, however, is choosing football pants with football girdles. The football girdle is anundergarment that has pads and is worn underneath the football pant. Football girdles are popular with adult/varsity football players because girdles tend to be more comfortable than individually inserted pant pads.
Choosing football protective gear is important to your players, your team, and your overall performance. Don’t forget the extras either, like back plates or neck rolls. Talk to your BSN SPORTS Football Equipment Specialist today to outfit your team for victory or visit BSN SPORTS @ http://www.bsnsports.com to learn more about new trends that will give your team an edge from practice to playoffs.