Equipment Fitting

“Safety of Your Athlete is Your Number One Concern”

Whenever protective athletic equipment is purchased, the individuals who select the equipment play a vital role in safeguarding the health of the athlete who wears it. Since football equipment is subjected to the constant stresses and strains of practice and competition, it must be made of the best materials, utilize the most modern construction and design, and meet exacting manufacturing standards in order to produce top-quality products that give the necessary protection and performance. Standards-setting organizations, such as the “National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment” (NOCSAE), continue to develop appropriate athletic equipment standards, which provide improved protection for the football player. From these organizations come some basic recommendations to optimize the protection of athletes of any age:

  • Purchase the best equipment available.

    The best is not necessarily the most expensive.

  • Equipment should be carefully fitted to the individuals.

    Do not buy equipment that is too large hoping that the individual will grow into it.

  • Maintain all equipment conscientiously.

    Regularly check to ensure proper fit and to detect defects.

  • All equipment should be worn whether it is a practice or a game.

    Remember, it is the administrator’s equipment manager’s and coach’s responsibility to see that each individual player is provided with protective equipment that fits correctly, is not in need of repair and is appropriate to the demands of the position being played. To this end, the person or persons in charge of purchasing, fitting and maintaining the equipment should learn as much as possible about the various products available. This is done by:

    • Contacting the various manufacturers and suppliers to obtain information about their
      products.
    • Establishing contact with university and/or professional team equipment managers,
      in order to seek answers to questions that you may have regarding purchasing, fitting
      and maintaining equipment.
    • Talking to equipment managers in your own league or conference.
    • Talking to other people in the same purchasing position to find out what they use for
      their teams and what recommendations they would make.
    • Contacting the Provincial Football Office. They will be able to assist you in contacting
      knowledgeable individuals such as the AEMA members. Determine your needs and what you can afford; compare prices and then purchase enough quantity and variety of quality equipment to ensure that the individual needs of every player are met. Because purchasing football equipment involves such a large financial investment, correct care of it is equally important so that the utmost in service and longevity are obtained.

For more information about NOCSAE and their standards you can write them at:
NOCSAE
P.O. Box 12290
Overland Kansas 66282 USA
www.nocsae.org

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