Ways You Can Increase Protection In Football



An educated football player is a protected player. While you will learn a lot of skill techniques at practice, the most important is to learn how to protect yourself on the field, and that will require some extra legwork. If you take the time to learn these safety techniques, however, you could improve your game and even prolong your career as a football player.


It’s time to change the game of football and put safety and athletic performance first. Ready to learn some ways to increase protection in football?


Not all concussions result in loss of consciousness. You could sustain a mild concussion without even realizing it.
Get the right head protection for practice and games.
Wear a helmet that absorbs impact.

You’ve heard the  stories from the NFL about concussions. Maybe you know a teammate who has had to stop playing football because of a head injury. It’s time to get better protection. Getting the right helmet could not only improve your athletic performance immediately, but it can also prolong your football career. Get a helmet that is light, strong and can absorb impact instead of redistributing it.


 Wear your helmet properly.

Not only is it important to get the right helmet, but it is also crucial that you wear it properly. Loosely fitting chin straps or helmets that do not have the proper fit pads installed can result in serious injury. Be sure all of your hardware is screwed in tightly and have your coach check your helmet to be sure it fits properly. Always make sure your chin strap is fastened properly during play.

Wear the appropriate padding on the field.
Shoulder Pads

Be sure your shoulder pads are made from hard plastic and have thick padding. Also, it is very important that your shoulder pads are fit properly. Shoulder pads that are too big or too small can result in injury.



Wear one! All football leagues require one, anyway. We recommend that you get a mouth guard with a keeper strap attached, which will allow you to attach your mouth guard to your helmet. Otherwise, you may lose your mouthguard, or it could fall and become damaged during the game.


Pants & Leg Pads

Be sure you have padding in place over your hips, thighs, knees and tailbone. Also, it is important to be sure that your padding is properly secured, because if your padding comes out of place, you can get hurt very easily.



Be sure that you have a cup that is sized properly and is strapped firmly into place. Loose straps or tight cups can cause testicular injuries.



You will want to comply with the rules of your league when it comes to your football cleats. Once again, fit is important. Wearing shoes that are too big can cause you to trip and can cause unnecessary chafing. Shoes that are too small will cause blisters and can even lead to problems such as bunions.


Other Protective Gear

You can wear additional padding and protective gear, depending on your needs and the position you play. Ask your coach about forearm pads, padded neck rolls, flak jackets, and gloves.

Plan ahead for the season to avoid injury on the field.
Healthy Diet

Part of staying safe and performing well is your diet. Think of food as fuel for your body… if you are performing poorly, it could be your diet.



Being in shape is crucial. Be sure you are properly warmed up for practice. Stretch. Get in shape before the season starts. If you aren’t in shape, chances are, you could push yourself over the edge during a game. You don’t want to sit on the bench for the season just because you weren’t in good shape.



Dehydration and heat exhaustion can decrease your athletic performance and even take you out of the game. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after the game. Be sure to hydrate with drinks that contain electrolytes to decrease your chances of dehydration.

Decrease the number of impacts to the head you receive during the game.
Don’t tackle with your head.

Many football players develop a false sense of security with a big heavy helmet on their heads. During a tackle, most of your force should be coming from your legs and your core. When you hit a player from the opposing team, you should be tackling with your shoulder, so that your shoulder bears the force of the blow. Here’s a tip: Imagine you aren’t wearing a helmet at all. If you do that, you probably won’t be running headlong into a tackle because your instinct will be to protect your head.


Keep your head up.

In a proper tackle, you should be maintaining the laconic position, in which your neck is flexed back at an angle. Your eyes should be pointed downward, but your head should not be. By keeping your head up, you will improve your view of the field and you will also decrease your odds of getting smacked on the head by the opposing team. Dropping your head during tackle can result in injury, paralysis, and even death.


Don’t slap your teammates on the head.

There is a way to celebrate or get a teammate’s attention without slapping your teammates’ helmets. Try tapping their arm if you want to get attention, and if you want to celebrate on the sidelines, find another way to do so. Slapping your teammates’ helmets only produces more unnecessary impacts.


No head butting.

Same as above. If you’d like to celebrate, a high five should do the trick. Head butting not only damages your helmet paint, but it is also just another unnecessary impact.


Part of protecting yourself and your teammates is knowing the signs of head injury. You are a part of a team, which means that not only are you responsible for yourself, but you should also be looking out for your teammates. Keep an eye out for the common symptoms of concussions. Here are some of the symptoms you should be looking for:

Immediate Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Sensation of pressure in the head
  • Confusion or foggy sensation
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Losing balance
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pupils don’t respond to light

Delayed Symptoms

  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Irritability or personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Taste and smell disorders



Knowing the signs of a concussion is a good start, but it is equally important that when you see the signs, you know what to do next. If you think you or your teammate may have suffered a concussion, it is important to act quickly. Immediately tell your coach what is going on. If you saw the impact that may have caused the injury, be sure to describe it to your coach in full.


Also be aware that you may not notice concussion symptoms until later. If you notice that you or any of your teammates are experiencing delayed symptoms, it is vital that you inform an adult immediately. It is much better to be safe than sorry.


American football as a sport has suffered for far too long. It’s time to get our players performing better and wearing superior protection.


I understand that no helmet, practice apparatus, or helmet pad can completely prevent or eliminate the risk of concussions or other serious head injuries while playing sports. Researchers have not reached an agreement on how the results of impact absorption tests relate to concussions. No conclusions about a reduction of risk or severity of concussive injury should be drawn from impact absorption tests.  By entering this site, you acknowledge this statement.

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