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Which is heavier, ice hockey padding or American football padding?

Ice hockey players wear 10 kilograms (22 lbs) of pads, while goalkeepers carry over 20 kilograms (44 lbs). The gear worn by American football players weighs at most around 5 kilograms (11 lbs). Both sports involve head-on collisions. But unlike football padding, which mainly protects the upper body, ice hockey gear protects the entire body from head to toes. Hockey players carry weapons, in the form of sticks, and are at risk from a flying puck that can inflict cuts on the face. The ensemble includes headgear, shoulder pads to cover the shoulders and chest, elbow pads, gloves with padding from the fingers to the backs of the hands, protective pants, and leg guards for the shins. Goalkeepers wear even more padding because a puck traveling at almost 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph) could strike them anywhere on the body. Their face masks and other parts of their protective gear need to be much thicker than those worn by other players.