Need to know how to wear football arm pads? Most football fans think arm pads are the domain of the offensive linemen. In fact, it’s not uncommon for offensive linemen to wear forearm pads and hand-guards or a single forearm/hand-guard pad combo. It certainly makes sense as those battles in the trenches involve a lot of hand to hand combat! However, wearing forearm pads and elbow pads just makes sense, especially if you want to avoid injury. Whether you’re a fullback or tight-end coming off the line of scrimmage ready for a block, a linebacker, defensive linemen, corner-back or safety about to lay someone out, there is a benefit to wearing arm pads and elbow pads in football. They come in a variety of sizes and materials and all are affordable and essential in avoiding bruising. So, how do you wear these pads?
- Pick forearm pads and elbow pads with plenty of cushion. There are several forearm pads and elbow pads that have a spandex/polyester fabric combination that stretches and offers plenty of cushion. The pads need to be tight enough not to move or slide around, but not so tight that they become uncomfortable. They also must be durable enough to withstand the head-on collisions that are guaranteed to take place. If you want to give someone a forearm shiver, and want to make sure your opponent absorbs all the damage, having a forearm pad with the right cushion is essential.
- Make sure the pads have a fabric that allows for moisture absorption. If you’ve ever worn arm pads or elbow pads that are too tight, you begin to notice just how uncomfortable they can become and how sweaty your forearms and elbows get under those pads. You don’t want an itch you can’t scratch in the middle of a game! You need to make plays first and not worry about being uncomfortable. Essential to wearing these pads is to choose soft and sturdy pads that aren’t too tight, are flexible and have moisture absorption material.
- Pads must be easy to put on and take off. In the middle of a game, those pads must be easy to adjust. It’s a good idea to practice putting on the arm pads and elbow pads before you buy them. Put the forearm pads and elbow pads on both arms at the same time. Swing your arms back and forth to make sure they are comfortable and not too tight. More importantly, practice adjusting each on both arms while wearing the pads. There will be times in the game when you'll need to make that adjustment, so make sure they're comfortable to wear.
- Getting the right pads. They aren’t the most expensive pieces of football equipment, but they are essential. Football is a contact sport, and unless you’re a punter or field goal kicker, you’re guaranteed to encounter contact on every play. No offense to punters and kickers, but come on, even you guys can admit to a lack of contact. When buying forearm and elbow pads, make sure they have all the aforementioned qualities. Typically, prices range from eight dollars all the way up to $25 for forearm pads, and seven to twenty dollars for a decent pair of elbow pads.
Football will forever be a contact sport. Depending on the position you play, you could be facing contact on every down. Because blocking is such an important part of a solid run game, offensive linemen, tight-ends, fullbacks and even running backs should wear elbow and forearm pads. Even the running back must be able to block in maximum pass protection. The last thing you want is to end the game with bruises on your forearms, or a contusion on you elbow.