“By any measure, football has never been safer and we continue to make progress with rule changes, safer tackling techniques at all levels of football, and better equipment, protocols and medical care for players.” Jeff Miller – NFL Senior VP of Health & Safety, 2015
In the past few years, new technology has made helmets lighter and safer. While the focus remains on preventing concussions, sizing, fit, and age are the key factors to find the safest helmet. Learn how to find the best helmet for you.
Shoulder pads aren’t the only protective gear you’ll learn about in this section. Compression rib protectors, adjustable back plates, and neck rolls are also options football players may need to protect the delicate bones of the ribs and spine from impact.
Football is a grabby, ground-contact sport. Learn how to fit your football pants so that they are secure, and keep the pads in place. See the different options available for football pants, and learn how to clean your practice and game gear to keep it in the best shape.
Protection starts from the ground up. Getting the firmest tread on the field, knowing what cut and support you need for your ankles, finding the best fit – learn all of that here. Cleats are critical to the success of any play. And don’t forget to wear the right socks!
We’re talking about cups and supporters, lineman and receiver gloves, eyeglasses and mouthguards. All the items that aren’t major gear in between the helmets and cleats. Whether they keep you safe or improve your performance, know your options when it comes to accessories.
Knowing how to stay safe is different from knowing how to identify an injury. Review some preventative measures – such as hydration and sun safety, and follow our link library to the best safety resources available: USA Football and the Heads Up program, Pop Warner football, and the CDC.