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How to Attach a Throat Guard

By Dan Howard

Goalies in lacrosse and hockey share more in common with baseball catchers and umpires than wearing a mask. All four use a throat guard to protect against being hit by a projectile that just misses the bottom of the mask. Baseball throat guards hang below the mask to provide extended protection, while goalies wear a throat guard as part of the standard set of goalie pads. This important piece of safety gear is easy to attach.

Baseball Throat Guard

Place your umpire or catcher mask on a flat surface.

Hook the throat guard's clips over the bottom wire of the mask cage, if your throat guard attaches with clips.

Tie the laces onto the bottom wire if your throat guard has laces instead of clips. Leave enough slack so that the throat guard dangles about 1/2 inch below the bottom of the cage.

Tilt your head back and look up. If properly attached, the throat protector will dangle from the mask and cover your throat. Now you're ready to put the mask on.

Goalie Throat Guard

Put on your chest protector.

Slide the throat guard around your neck.

Align the throat guard so that the center of the pad is in line with your sternum.

Pull the strap on the back of the throat guard tightly, yet comfortably, around your neck.

Secure the strap in place with its Velcro or buckle clasp.

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