The Two Types of Football Gloves
Wide receivers, quarterbacks, tight ends, and running backs are defined by their need to have excellent ball control and their ability to remain light and agile as they chew through the defense. Therefore, receiver gloves are typically made with thin, breathable material to enhance movement and flexibility, sticky adhesive palms that extend around the fingers and thumbs for extra grip, no matter the weather conditions, and slightly padded backhands to offer shock-absorbing protection.
Linemen often get a little rougher to get their jobs accomplished on the field. Lineman gloves usually have thick, firm material to cushion hands from damage, interior reinforcements to defend players' hands from abrasion, heavy palm, and backhand padding for added support against hyperextension, and additional wrist support to help increase stability and limit range of motion.
The Importance of Proper Football Glove Fit
A quick huddle: Football gloves are important because they protect players' hands, keep them comfortable and provide a bit of sticky tack to improve catches. Just like shoulder pads, they also differ depending on the needs of a player’s position.
Back to the game: The most important thing to consider when choosing football gloves for adults or youth football gloves is to select the right fit. Poorly fitting gloves – just like cleats, helmets, and other football protective gear – can often lead to poor performance and possible injury.
Pay attention to sizing charts for both, youth and adult sizes, and glove materials to give your athlete the needed fit for success on the field.
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