Football Cleats

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Every gridiron warrior deserves to wear the most comfortable and effective football cleats on the market. Cleats should feel as comfortable as basketball sneakers, provide stop-on-the-dime traction, and allow a planted foot to pivot on the turf. There are specially designed football shoes for both natural grass and artificial turf, and players have several stylistic options, each having pros and cons.

The most modern football cleats disperse the pressure of an athlete's body weight throughout the foot. Ideally, the person wearing a pair of cleats should not even realize he is walking on spikes. When wearing older cleats, football players can feel the discomfort of these spikes through the soles. Just being comfortable improves performance. It's difficult for someone to run full speed for an entire game when his feet feel like they have been beaten with a hammer.

Modern Football Cleats Can Protect the Knees

Football players compete at full speed and constantly change directions by making sharp cuts. In addition, these competitors fight for leverage on every play. Neither of these challenges can be met without footwear that provides optimum traction, and most football cleats do provide this.

However, the danger with some cleats is that when a player plants his foot, the spikes stick into the ground so well that the athlete loses the ability to pivot. Without being able to pivot, a football player's leg can become very vulnerable, especially with so many large bodies moving swiftly in all directions. When an opponent or teammate, intentionally or unintentionally, collides head on with someone's knees, that person needs the ability to twist his leg so that the knee can bend naturally and absorb the blow. Some manufacturers design cleats that enable football players to rotate their legs, even when firmly planted in the ground. These cleats save knees, and careers.

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