If you want to play catch-up with the rest of the NFL, it’s time to get your season in order.
Here are some tips to keep in mind: Keep your feet on the ground The first rule of any NFL game is feet on a flat surface, no matter how small the room.
That means no sliding or shuffling, no sliding to the side of the field, no turning around and no slipping in front of your fellow players.
“Don’t do anything else to your feet but go barefoot, flat feet, like you are walking around a football field,” says Michael Schoenfeld, a physical therapist and the founder of the Athletic Footwork Academy in Chicago.
That includes no socks, no shorts, no sneakers, no ankle bracelets or trainers.
Don’t get too excited.
“The most important rule is to just take your feet off the ground,” Schoenfeld says.
If you’re still trying to get ready for the season, there are a few things you can do to stay comfortable during the game.
Wear gloves Use gloves while the game is underway and when you’re moving.
“There’s a lot of times when I’ll wear a glove because it’ll keep my hands from moving around in a dangerous situation,” Schienfeld says.
“It’s more comfortable and safer.”
And don’t wear a helmet While helmets are allowed, Schoenstein suggests that players wear their headgear only during halftime and during a timeout, before and after the ball is kicked.
And if you have a helmet, don’t try to hide it.
“Keep it tucked in, don, don,’ he says.
When the game starts, wear a hat and gloves.
When it’s not, wear shorts.
“You need to be able to see where the ball was, where the player was, and that’s where the safety and comfort of the players are paramount,” he adds. “
If you are not wearing the hat, you should not play,” he says, noting that wearing a hat will allow you to move in a more relaxed manner and will make it easier for you to recognize and communicate with teammates.
“You need to be able to see where the ball was, where the player was, and that’s where the safety and comfort of the players are paramount,” he adds.
Dress appropriately When it comes to the game of football, donning your best attire and playing in a professional environment, even if it’s a locker room, can go a long way to keeping the players warm and comfortable during a game.
“That’s when your body is going to be doing most of the work and your heart is going be most active,” Schoeffel says.
To get the best out of your game, don your favorite outfit and stick to the rules.
“When it comes down to it, you need to look good,” he advises.
Don the right helmet and shoes Don’t wear your favorite football helmet or shoes, and wear socks if you’re wearing one.
“Put on your helmet and make sure it’s comfortable,” Schoung says.
And be sure to keep your feet in place.
“I tell my players to keep their feet as high as possible,” Schoessfeld says, because “a player wearing a padded helmet or an open shoe that can easily slip and slide can cause injury to his lower back.”
And, remember, wearing a mask during a football game is a good idea, too.
The mask is a form of protection that allows the wearer to breathe better, and it also keeps the temperature below 20 degrees F. “Some people think it’s cool to wear a mask at the NFL game, but the reality is, it will actually increase the risk of injury and the risk you’ll get,” Schohfels says.
A little bit of luck and some good fortune can make the difference between playing and not playing.
“Try to stay in the moment,” Schoiens says.
In addition to wearing a helmet and gloves, wear comfortable shoes and wear a black, white or red hat.
“Those are the things that are going to help you to get through a game.”
If you have questions, get in touch with Michael Schienfel at [email protected] or visit his website at www.michael.schoenfel.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.