How To Put On A Football Pad
Football pads are essential gear to protect the player from injury. With that said, the pads can only serve their purpose when placed in the right position. Here is how to put on football pads.
- Football pants hold the kneepads. To insert the kneepads, locate the pockets on the legs of the pants. Insert the kneepads with the curved side facing out.
- Football girdles house the hip, thigh and tailbone pads. The thigh pads are in the leg part of the girdle. Insert the pad-curved side up into the pocket. The hip pad pockets are on each side of the girdle. Place the hip pads into the pocket, making sure the curved side is out. The pads should slight into the pockets only revealing a small remainder at the top. The tailbone pad pocket is on the back of the girdle. Place the pad-curved side out into the pocket.
- The player puts on the girdle. The player should check that the thigh pads cover their thighs, the tailbone pad rises no further than their waist and the hip pads rise to waist level. The player may need to move around some to get familiar with the pads. If the pads are too tight, or are pinching, adjustments should be made.
- Once the girdle is on, the player should put on the pants. The player should check to see the knee pads are in place and do not slope down to their shins. Again, the player needs to move around and become familiar with the equipment.
- From there, the player puts on shoulder pads. Make sure the neckline is not too tight as the player slides the pads on. There are elastic straps on both sides that need to run under their armpits and up toward the chest into the clip. The player should wiggle their shoulders around to make sure the pads don’t slide much.
Once all pads are on, the player should engage in running, jumping, tackling and other drills to make sure everything fits well. The player should check their pads before games and practices to make sure everything continues to fit well. This should reduce the risk of the player incurring injury.