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How to Attach a Throat Guard

by
author image Dan Howard
Dan Howard is a sports and fitness aficionado who holds a master's degree in psychology. Howard's postgraduate research on the brain and learning has appeared in several academic books and peer-reviewed psychology journals.
How to Attach a Throat Guard
The throat guard hooks off the bottom of the mask cage. Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Valueline/Getty Images

Goalies in lacrosse and hockey share more in common with baseball catchers and umpires than wearing a mask. All four use a throat guard to protect against being hit by a projectile that just misses the bottom of the mask. Baseball throat guards hang below the mask to provide extended protection, while goalies wear a throat guard as part of the standard set of goalie pads. This important piece of safety gear is easy to attach.

Baseball Throat Guard

Step 1

Place your umpire or catcher mask on a flat surface.

Step 2

Hook the throat guard's clips over the bottom wire of the mask cage, if your throat guard attaches with clips.

Step 3

Tie the laces onto the bottom wire if your throat guard has laces instead of clips. Leave enough slack so that the throat guard dangles about 1/2 inch below the bottom of the cage.

Step 4

Tilt your head back and look up. If properly attached, the throat protector will dangle from the mask and cover your throat. Now you're ready to put the mask on.

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Goalie Throat Guard

Step 1

Put on your chest protector.

Step 2

Slide the throat guard around your neck.

Step 3

Align the throat guard so that the center of the pad is in line with your sternum.

Step 4

Pull the strap on the back of the throat guard tightly, yet comfortably, around your neck.

Step 5

Secure the strap in place with its Velcro or buckle clasp.

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