In addition to helmets, football shoulder pads are an essential piece of equipment that every player needs to feel protected from potential injuries and confident when making even the most physical plays on the field.
Academy Sports + Outdoors carries all the football shoulder pads and protective gear each player needs for every playing position. We’ve put together this sizing guide to help you measure yourself for shoulder pads and find the right size to protect your shoulders, chest, and upper back.
How to Measure for Shoulder Pads
Measuring yourself for new shoulder pads is easier than you might think. We suggest grabbing a friend or parent, a measuring tape, and following these steps
- Stand up straight with your arms at your sides.
- Shoulder Width – Have your friend or parent place the measuring tape across your back and measure the distance between one AC joint (the joint on the top of your shoulder) to the other. Round up by half an inch to determine your shoulder width. Write this number down.
- Chest – Have a friend wrap the measuring tape across your chest, under the armpits and write this number down.
EXPERT TIP: Keep in mind that youth shoulder pads are also classified by weight and actual sizes may vary depending on the brand. Stop by your nearest Academy to try on a few to know which shoulder pads fit best.
For a general idea of the size you’ll need, compare the numbers you wrote to the football shoulder pad sizing charts below: