When it comes to contact sports, football is arguably one of the most brutal—and the one in which athletes are most prone to concussive injury. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, “Between 1.7 and 3 million sports- and recreation-related concussions happen each year. Around 300,000 of those are from football.” And that’s only concussions—that statistic doesn’t account for other injuries as a result of impact.
No matter the level of play that your football athletes participate in, it thus should be a high priority that you protect them from impact-related trips to the hospital. Fieldwallpads.com, your Clarion provider of wall pads, goal post padding, and more, is here with a few helpful how-tos.
Proper Stadium Padding Is Essential
Indeed, the role of outdoor wall padding in football player protection cannot be overstated. Padding cushions players should they get a little too focused on the game and forget to watch where they’re going. Not just any padding will do, though; for comprehensive protection, you must cover everything from stadium walls to goal posts and fencing (if the latter is applicable).
You also must invest in top-quality products that stay on the cutting edge of injury protection. If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry—you’ve already found them in Fieldwallpads.com’s selection! With our pads’ independent safety testing process, easy installation methods, and proven injury protection potential, you’ll be all set for kickoff.
Cultivate Strong Safety Values
Football is an exciting sport with plenty of action; it’s easy for an athlete to forget themselves in the spirit of team unity or to try to brush off injury so as not to appear weak. Padding will help prevent this injury in the first place, but equally important is fostering a teamwide value of safe practices.
Encourage, for example, fair play; a dangerous situation for one team is often dangerous for the other, too. Coaches should also set good examples and stay mindful of each player’s condition, which in turn encourages teammates to look out for one another.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Hydration isn’t just trending, it’s critical for athletic performance—especially in football, where helmets and extra safety padding can get quite sweaty. A player that is dehydrated will be more prone to heat exhaustion and thus to making poor decisions that lead to injury. Prioritize breaks, especially on hot days, and remember that your players won’t just need to replenish water but the electrolytes lost in sweat, too.
Fieldwallpads.com: Your First Stop as a Safety-Conscious Sports Professional
From gym wall padding to pole pads, our extensive online stock has everything you need to keep your athletes safe. Give our Clarion office a call today at 1-800-257-6405.