Ramping Up for Football Season - Choosing the Best Gear for Game Day
When you’re getting ready for game day, choosing the best football gear is a must. Doing so may help prevent injuries while maximizing your performance. Knowing which equipment to pick (what the pros use) will get you headed in the right direction.
1. HEX® Sleeveless Shirt / 5-Pad
What is HEX? HEX is the original, and considered the gold standard, in protective apparel. This patented technology by McDavid, which is comprised of a superior closed cell foam padding and bonded to high-quality moisture management fabric to keep you cool and dry. For football players or any athlete involved in contact sports, this one-of-a-kind technology is durable and designed to protect against body-to-body collisions. So choose a HEX Sleeveless Shirt this season for some extra protection to your shoulders, ribs, and spine during sudden impacts. You’ll love the fabric too, as it has full-on ventilation.
2. HEX® Dual-Density Thudd Shorts
When getting ready to hit and take hard hits, you’ll be glad to have some extra protection on your thighs, hips, and tailbone. That’s why choosing HEX Dual-Density Thudd Shorts is so beneficial. This HEX product —padded compression shorts, with compression technology— is designed to help reduce muscle fatigue and injuries on game day. The fabric used in Thudd shorts helps keep you cool and dry and even has a cup pocket. You can’t go wrong choosing HEX shorts for some extra protection and peace of mind.
3. Patella Band
If you’ve had or are prone to knee problems, particularly your patella, consider making a patella band part of your game day ritual. This band fits securely around your knee, helping reduce symptoms of patellar tendonitis (also known as runner’s or jumper’s knee), patella tracking, and Osgood-Schlatter disease. The non-slip product applies compression at your patellar tendon to help with injury prevention when you’re cutting and jumping on the field.
4. Knee Sleeves
Knee injuries are perhaps some of the most common among professional football players, so it never hurts to choose knee sleeves when getting ready for game day. These sleeves are designed to help heal or reduce pain associated with tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis and other knee conditions. Knee sleeves are comfortable, yet heavy-duty. They won’t get in the way of your usual training regimen, and with the proper protection, athletes can reduce the risk of more severe knee injuries that keep them from attending games or practices.
5. HEX® Forearm Sleeves
If you need a little extra forearm support and protection, try compression HEX Forearm Sleeves before your next big game. When using this type of product, your arm muscles will stay warm and protected from abrasions. The best part is you’ll be getting HEX technology (extra padding and protection from body to body impact), which is ideal for football and other contact sports.
6. HEX® Shooter Arm Sleeves
Want to reap the benefits of compression sleeves but need more impact protection in your elbow area instead of your forearms? If this sounds like you, try HEX Shooter Arm Sleeves—they offer the same moisture management technology and protection from abrasions as HEX forearm sleeves, but with extra HEX protection in your elbow region where you may need it the most.
7. Ankle Sleeves
If you’re suffering from arthritis, tendonitis or bursitis in your ankle, consider an ankle sleeve with 4-way elastic straps for some extra support. Ankle injuries are common among football players, so having extra support could mean the difference between season-ending injuries and playing next season. You’ll reap all the benefits compression gear has to offer when choosing ankle sleeves.
8. Kinesiology Tape
When game day’s approaching, have some kinesiology tape handy if you’re suffering from poor circulation, instability, pain, swelling, patellar tracking or iliotibial band syndrome. You may need a trainer to apply the tape to your skin or follow this easy step-by-step video to show you how to apply it correctly. Kinesiology tape lifts up the skin to help prevent injury and reduce swelling. Try a kit containing three ready-to-go tape pieces, designed to do simple taping yourself. After applying the tape you can wear it up to five days—it's water-resistant, sweat-resistant and lightweight.
Making the Right Choice
The best choice for game day football gear really depends on preference and whether or not you have an injury or health condition, like tendonitis, that’s affecting your game. If you have joint pain due to an injury or rehab, choose a sleeve or brace that gives you some extra protection. Gear isn’t a replacement for seeing a qualified healthcare provider for injuries, but it can help get you through the game when your joints aren’t 100 percent.