Types of Football Equipment

Protection from head to toe

If you've been around for a few years you'll notice that football equipment has evolved over time and it's now lighter than ever, but with more protective qualities. When it comes to equipment, the list can be pretty lengthy. If you're playing tackle football you should protect yourself as much as possible from head to toe, depending on the position you play.

To do this you'll need to make sure that you're wearing items such as a helmet, chin strap, mouth guard, girdle, pants, face mask, shoulder pads, athletic supporter, gloves, collar pads, neck rolls, rib vests, rib protectors, forearm pads, hip pads, tailbone pads, thigh pads, knee pads, and a good pair of cleats for traction.

Now, if you're playing flag football or touch football you're not going to need all of this gear, but make sure you do wear the articles that are needed for these sports. It also doesn't matter if you're just playing in a recreational league or for fun. If there's physical contact involved, then make sure you're protected. I've seen way too many people get seriously hurt in non competitive games, just because they didn't protect themselves properly.

If you read our list of football equipment pages you'll learn what each article of equipment is for along with some tips on what to look for when buying it. For instance, you'll learn how football helmets are made, what they're made of and what exactly it is that makes them ideal items of head protection for football players.

Just about every type of football equipment comes in an assortment of sizes for both youngsters and adults. You may also find a few articles that are specifically made for the shape of a woman's body. However, these may be few and far between and a lot of women will wear men's equipment.

If you're serious about playing football and coming out of a game in the same shape you went into it, then I'd advise you to make sure you don't play if you've forgotten a piece of equipment as they're all designed for a specific purpose. Your tailbone pads and mouth guard may seem insignificant to you, but they're just as important as your helmet is.