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How to ensure you’re buying the right pair of football gloves

How to ensure you’re buying the right pair of football gloves

For a football player who’s in charge of catching and/or carrying the ball on the field, a pair of football gloves becomes very important. Football gloves enhance players’ performance by giving them a better grip on the ball. Moreover, a pair of football gloves will provide protection to an athlete’s hands as well.

One thing you’ll have to keep in mind is that all football gloves aren’t the same. That’s where your knowledge will start kicking in as you’re buying your next pair.

Through this article, you’ll read about some of the most important characteristics to look for so that you buy the right pair of football gloves.

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Do you need receivers or running back’s gloves?

If you’re a receiver or a running back, you’ll need your gloves to be light as you’ll have to be able to control the ball through traffic.

Those types of gloves should be able to enhance your palms’ grip. Therefore, you’ll have to look at what material the gloves’ palms are made of.

The two most used materials for football gloves palms are cabatta leather and latex. Those that are latex have a tendency to get slippery sometimes; it’s a drawback that makes the leather superior to them. The cabatta leather gloves are treated chemically to enhance their grip even more.

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You would want the tack to be extended from the palms; it should go around the fingers, as well as up to the thumbs. The back side of the gloves should have some sort of padding to protect you from hard impacts.

Many football players are usually complaining about their gloves losing their grip too fast. According to The Washington Post, there’s a solution to this problem. If it’s something that you’ve been having problems with there may be a way to prevent that.

Are you in need of linemen’s gloves?

Linemen have one of the toughest jobs on the field. The hardest hits are usually received by them which make them more prone to injuries. Although it’s easier for them to injure other parts of their bodies, their fingers are also at risk.

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As a result, their gloves are built tougher than the others as there are many risks associated with their specific job on the field.

As a lineman, you should look for gloves with the following three features:

  • The frames should be very rigid to prevent your fingers from bending backward.
  • Be certain that the material is heavy enough; it should be built with tougher materials than a receiver’s pair of gloves.
  • It should have very little tackiness in the palms or none at all.

Where is the best place to buy my football gloves?

To be honest, as long as you know what you’re looking for in your gloves you can get them from any shop. If you’re someone like me, you wouldn’t mind whether you buy them online or directly from a shop’s shelf. However, some people prefer to feel a product with their own two hands first before buying it.

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Nonetheless, whether you buy them online or from a shop, you should be able to find the same quality that you’re looking for. Read their descriptions first if you choose to order online, that’s very important and that’s the only way you’ll know what you’re buying.

Football gloves are very important for football players. Anyone whose job is to interact with the ball in one way or another should wear gloves. It’s a beautiful game, but also very dangerous. With a pair of gloves, you’ll be able to play better as you’re also protecting your hands and fingers.

Featured photo credit: Jim Halley via usatodayhss.com

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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