Top Equipment to Protect your Football Player
Whether this is your child’s first year playing tackle football or they are a seasoned veteran, the focus of any parent or coach should be the same. Since Football is a sport that boast the highest rate of injuries of any sport that focus should be the safety of your child during practice and competition.
True, players are supplied with mandatory padding such as helmet, shoulder pads, and leg pads, but many parents ask themselves, “Is there anything else I can do to better protect my player through the hot summer practices and the high impact collisions that occur at the start of each down.” The answer is Yes!
Many top sports apparel companies make unique padded undergarments that give added protection to players in ways that the provided mandatory gear fails to accomplish. A few of the top injuries that football players endure when using only provided mandatory gear iare as follows:
Bruised Ribs: This occurs when a hard hit is taken to the rib or abdominal area. The ribs themselves will push against the muscle wall that surrounds them and this is what causes the bruising.
Stinger: also called a burner or nerve pinch injury, is a neurological injury suffered by athletes, mostly in high-contact sports
Fractured Collar bone: A clavicle fracture is one of the most common fractures in sporting activities. The likelihood of a clavicle fracture is increased if the playing surface is particularly hard. The bone usually fractures in its middle third and is very painful.
Hip Pointer: is a contusion (bruise) on the pelvis caused by a direct blow. Contact sports are a frequent cause of this type of injury. Bleeding into muscle tissue creates swelling and makes leg movement painful.
Heat exhaustion: a condition marked by dizziness and nausea and weakness caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes. Heat Exhaustion can be a precursor to Heat Stroke; the symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing, and a fast weak pulse due to lack of thermoregulation.
Below is our selection for the best sports undergarments for protecting your child from the above injuries during high impact sports.
NIKE PRO COMBAT: Unique spandex-like material helps players body to better regulate body temperature during competition. Built in pads over shoulder help to decrease direct impact to shoulders lowering risk of Stinger. Rib pads help to protect player’s ribs from bruising. Five pad Pro Combat Girdle helps minimize hip pointer injuries.
Negative: The Pro Combat gear does not offer any protection from a common injury to collar bone.
MCDAVID HEX PADS: Unique spandex-like material helps players body to better regulate body temperature during competition. Hex pads are the first of their kind padding that are attached to the fabric in a unique fashion. This allows for each individual pad to bend and shift with body. 5 pad girdles also help to protect against hip pointers.
Negative: Loose fit lycra –spandex allows padding to shift slightly. No Collar bone protection.
NEO HARDCORE PADDED GEAR: Unique Spandex-elastene material helps wick moisture away from skin to help wearer regulate core temperature. Hardcore shirt protects ribs, shoulders, and Collar bones. 4 way stretch material allows for high compression ability to avoid pad shifting. Hardcore 7 pad football pants offer protection on all critical areas of legs.
Negative: Compressive fit maybe personal preference.