Healthy Knees = Happy Life

Most professional and collegiate volleyball players and wrestlers wear kneepads for practice and matches. Wrestling and volleyball kneepads are integral to your game, for preventing injury and for maximizing protection during scrambles and dives. Some players don’t need kneepads, but for anyone who could potentially damage or bruise a knee, wearing snug and flexible kneepads is an absolute necessity.

How do you choose kneepads? What types of protection work best? What size should your kneepads be? These are all valid questions, and if you don’t do the research and buy a pair of kneepads that fit correctly you’ll be in a world of hurt. First, you should decide what basic type of kneepad you’d need. Wrestling kneepads come in more varieties, as the direct impact is more intense and some wrestlers need added protection for shots. Most volleyball kneepads should be less bulky (if you’re getting your money’s worth) and shouldn’t extend far beyond the knee.

Kneepad Types for Wrestling

When choosing a type of kneepad for wrestling, going with a basic circular or oval-shaped padding tends to get the job done without limiting mobility. With these types of pads, you want a firm fit at the bottom of the thigh and at the top of the calf. For wrestlers with a history of knee issues, we would recommend a bubble kneepad, which has a thick yet soft domed pad around the knee for cushioning when shooting takedowns. The other option for wrestlers is the shooting sleeve, which is more flexible and breathable, increasing the mat slide distance of the wrestler. Shooting sleeves offer less protection around the knee, however, which is something to take into consideration.

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Kneepad Sizes for Volleyball & Wrestling

For volleyball and wrestling kneepads, some brands have few options regarding size. So how do you ensure you get the right fit? First, let’s clear up a common misconception – your height and your weight have little (if any) correlation to your ideal kneepad size. The most important measurement is around your knee, in inches. This will generally help you choose what size fits better. 10” kneepads work better for children and youth sizes, but when choosing an adult size across brands, most websites will have rough measurements next to their sizes, since size varies considerably by brand.

For example, if you measure 18” around your knee and have larger thighs or calves, Adidas recommends a size XL. If your measurement is right on the cusp of two sizes, it’s always better to get the smaller size. A snug fit is better than a kneepad that doesn’t stay attached. Kneepads that are loose are essentially useless. Follow these tips to guarantee you purchase the right type and size kneepads for your specific needs.

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