Types of Shoulder Pads
- Youth pads tend to provide equal protection for all players, since tackling and specialization are not as much a part of youth football.
- Adult shoulder pads tend to be broken out by position and level of play.
Shoulder Pad Features
Below are descriptive words for certain features that may give you an idea what position a particular pad is designed for:
- Quarter Back and Wide Receiver: Flexibility, swivel, narrow, light, reinforced, high arch, low profile, 1’’ or thin belt, no extra or heavy epaulets, arm motion range, mobility, agility, flat pads, back plate
- Running Back and Defensive Back: Light-weight, reinforced, flexibility, low-profile, arm motion range, thick padding, strong cushioning, mobility, agility, impact protection, back plate
- All-Purpose, Full Back, and Line Backer: Secure fit, solid, thick padding, strong cushioning, plated/solid front, 1-1/2’’ belt, sturdy buckles, light to mid-weight, quick movements, strong impact protection
- Lineman: Full impact protection, hard hits, high-profile pads, streamlined, 1-1/2’’ belt, sturdy buckles, thick padding, full cups, reinforced back and front, cantilever, neck restrictor