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Dressed to Play: Football

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The game of football usually requires a lot of equipment meant to help keep the players safe. Though, there are some leagues, such as flag football, where the equipment is very limited due to the lack of contact.

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Made up of a face mask, hard outer shell, and foam pads lined throughout the inside. It’s meat to absorb shock and reduce the force of impacts to the head.

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A guard formed to the wearer’s mouth that helps limit injuries.

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Shoulder Pads

A key piece of equipment made with a hard outer plastic shell and shock absorbing foam insides.

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Football Pants

Specialized pants that usually go down to a player’s shins. It has buttons and pockets located throughout them to help store other pads.

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Hip & Tailbone Pads

Attached to the pants and made to help protect the player’s hips and tailbone.

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Thigh & Knee Pads

Pads that are made of plastic and foam which are slid into pockets inside the football pants.

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Shoes with specialized non-metal spikes that help players get grip on grass fields. These are worn by most players, regardless of the type of football they are playing.

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Hand gloves are not mandatory, but a lot of players wear them as a way to help grip the ball. These are worn by most players, regardless of the type of football they are playing.

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These are specialized to flag football. Players wear flags around their waist and if one gets pulled off the player is marked down.

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TackleBar Harness

These are specialized to TackleBar football. It’s a harness that straps around a player’s waist which has two bars on the back. Players must wrap up their opponent to remove their bars, which will mark the player down.

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