Knee pads or kneepads are protective equipment worn on the knee to protect it from impact injuries from falling to the ground or hitting an obstacle, or to provide padding for prolonged kneeling.
Knee pads are used in many recreational and sporting activities such as cycling, roller skating, skateboarding, cricket, volleyball, handball, basketball, rugby, polo, dance, etc.
Knee pads are also worn by flooring specialists during the installation of hardwood floors.
There are many different types of knee pads available in the market, made from a variety of materials such as neoprene, polyurethane, foam, etc. Knee pads come in different sizes and shapes to fit different body types. Some knee pads are designed to be worn under the clothes while others are meant to be worn over the clothes.
Knee pads are usually held in place by straps that go around the thigh and calf or by elastic bands. Some knee pads have Velcro closures for easy donning and doffing.
Knee pads should be chosen based on the activity for which they will be used. For example, knee pads for cycling should be different from those used for skateboarding.