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Health Tip: Use Football Safety Equipment Correctly

Tips to ensure proper fit

(HealthDay News) -- The correct protective gear can help keep kids safer while they're playing football.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that:

  • Your child's protective gear is well maintained and fits properly.
  • Shoe laces should be properly tied, and the child's shoes should match the playing surface.
  • The football uniform and all padding should fit correctly. Don't remove any padding.
  • Shoulder pads should coordinate with user's chest measurements.
  • Pads should never move up to the neck when the arms are lifted.
  • Eyebrows should be about 1 inch below the edge of the helmet, the back of the head should be covered, and the ears should fit in the center of the helmet's ear spaces.
  • Face masks should be attached and the chin strap fastened snugly to prevent any movement.
  • All players should wear a mouth guard.
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