Football Training Equipment – Insiders Guide, June 2014

Football Training Equipment for Coaches

As the time for summer football camps quickly approaches, youth football coaches everywhere turn their attention to preparing young athletes for the coming football season. As a coach or athletic director, you know that both pre-season physical conditioning and proper football equipment are key to an injury free, winning season.

Football Training Equipment for Speed and Agility Drills

In the not so distant past, probably in your childhood, kids spent their free time skating, bicycling and playing basketball in the street. Sadly, most of your high school players don’t come to football camps with that foundation. Before developing your athletes’ passing, punting, and field goal kicking skills, you may need to begin with the essential skills – speed, agility, endurance, and flexibility.

Cones are a great tool for all kinds of agility drills. Additionally, cone drills build leg strength and explosive power, train joint mobility, and increase reaction speed. Cones are among the most versatile pieces of football equipment. With this one set of football equipment your team can decrease injury risk and improve performance. You add motivation and your athletes add intensity.

Running ropes will take your football conditioning drills to the next level. The one foot in each running rope drill trains your players for body position and explosive speed. High knee crossovers train your athletes for control and speed. Look for running ropes that are durable and built with safety in mind.

Summer football camps are not too early for beginning work with blocking dummies and sleds. Create drills that build on the speed, agility, endurance, power, and range of motion that you have been developing in your football players. Step over dummies are perfect for obstacle drills. Square blocking dummies are versatile enough to be used in tackling drills or obstacle drills.

Football Protective Equipment  – Shoulder Pads and Helmets

The right protective football equipment is your next line of defense for injury prevention. Your players are more prone to injury during summer football camps as they work toward becoming conditioned. Well maintained and properly fitting equipment is as essential now as it is during the football season.

Shoulder pads should serve two purposes. They absorb energy to provide protection from impact and they allow mobility. It is important to measure your players to determine the exact fit. Matching the shoulder pads to the position the athlete plays on your football team is also key, not only for range of motion, but also for proper protection.

Z-Cool shoulder pads have added benefits. They are moisture wicking, anti-microbial, lightweight. The right shoulder pads will help keep your players’ minds off their football equipment and on performing their very best.

Talk to your BSN SPORTS Football Equipment Specialist today 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.

Chadd Edlein is the Director of Merchandising at BSN SPORTS. Chadd has been working for the company over 17 years.

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