The shoulder pads
Shoulder pads are a piece of protective equipment used in many contact sports such as American football, Canadian football, lacrosse and hockey. Most modern shoulder pads consist of a shock absorbing foam material with a hard plastic outer covering. The pieces are usually secured by rivets or strings that the user can tie to adjust the size.
Properly fitting pads are critical. Shoulder pads are fitted to an adult football player by measuring across the player’s back from shoulder blade to shoulder blade with a soft cloth tape measure and then adding 1/2 inch. All points of the pads should be checked to assure proper fit. Maintenance during football season includes monthly checks and replacing worn parts.
Various styles of shoulder pads exist for different positions played. Pads for a quarterback are lightweight and offer freedom of movement. Pads for linemen are designed with few flaps and epaulets, thus reducing the opportunity of being grabbed by the opposition.
The way I think to improve the protective ability of shoulder pads.
Beacuse the shoulder pads are very heavy. Players used a large amount of energy to sustain the mass of shoulder pads. Also because people use shoulders pads to protect every place of the body, the organs, it affects the flexibility of players. Then we can find that there are two pathways for us to improve the feature of shoulder pads.
- The first one way is to change the materials of the shoulder pads. With the innovation of tecnology. There are so many kinds of materials we can choose. Like the High Impact Polystyrene.
- The second way is to change the structure of the shoulder pads. According to ergonology. I find that if we adapt the struture of Pagolin. Therewould be more pieces of pads ,bu not affect it’s flexibility.