How to Put on a Football Uniform

By Tara Dooley

Football uniforms consist of several different components, including a helmet, pads, jersey, cleats, and pants. The primary purpose for this equipment is the safety and identification of the players while on the field. All equipment must conform to specific guidelines or regulations set forth by the governing organization of the league (such as the NFL). To protect the player, the equipment must be worn and used correctly.

Insert the knee, thigh, butt, and hip pads into the girdle. There are pockets sewn into the inside seams of the garment to hold the pads in place. Put on the girdle. Lace the front securely. Tie it securely.

Slide the shoulder pads over the head. Position them comfortably on the shoulders. Using the elastic straps on the front of the pads on the chest protection, pull the straps tight. Latch them securely.

Put on game pants which will slide over the girdle. These may also be laced and will require cinching with a belt. The belt typically features two D rings through which the nylon belt is looped.

Slide the game jersey over the shoulder pads and pull down. The jersey should fit snugly. It may require the assistance of a second person to slip over the shoulder pads. Tuck the jersey into the pants.

Put on socks which will fit over the calf. Put on the cleats; lace them securely.

Position the helmet over the head. Position the hands on both sides of the helmet just below the ear holes. Pull the helmet outward at these points to help slide the helmet over the ears. Pull the helmet down firmly until the pads inside the helmet sit on the head. Pull the chin strap under the chin and across to the opposite side. Snap the strap to secure it.

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