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How can I add to the protection from football shoulder pads?

Along with wearing shoulder pads, you can add items for a little extra protection and cushion. These can be worn under or even attached to the shoulder pad. Some of these items include rib cage guards, Cowboy Collars, Hex Pad shirts, and shoulder pad inserts. The shoulder pad inserts and Cowboy Collars are typically attached to the shoulder pads, whereas the foam spider pads, rib cage guards, and Hex Pad Technology shirts are worn separately. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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