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Importance of Knee Pads

by
author image Leland Gordon
Leland Gordon has been working as a newspaper writer for over 10 years, mostly in the sports area. He has written every type of story one could imagine. He has previously worked for the "Mountain Democrat," "Chico Enterprise-Record" and the "Redding Record Searchlight."
Importance of Knee Pads
Knee pads can prevent breaks of the kneecap. Photo Credit knee xray image by JASON WINTER from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Knees take a beating in sports and and in some jobs. Between running, stopping, jumping and bending, knees work harder than most parts of the body. Protecting knees is imperative for all people. Healthy knees improve performance and longevity, in addition to saving money. Knee pads are the best way to protect knees, as they absorb the blow when when someone dives during a game, or has to be on the ground for work.

Injury Prevention

Knee pads can play a huge role in preventing sports injuries, according to the findings of an American Journal of Epidemiology study posted on the Bastyr Center for Natural Health website. The study showed that using knee pads helped a group of young athletes post a 56 percent decrease in the risk of suffering a knee injury. Knee pads prevent breaks when the kneecap makes contact with a hard floor or wall, whether it be in sports or on a job site. Compression and padding provide shock absorption and prevent damage to the kneecap, according to The Knee Shop website.

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Economics

Knee pads provide dependable protection and can be considered an investment. Depending on the style needed, those looking for knee protection can get a pair of knee pads online for as little as $15, preventing injuries and saving money on health-care costs. The costs of knee treatment are certain to trump those associated with buying a set of knee pads, so purchasing pads can be looked at as a form of financial protection.

Performance

Workers without knee pads will experience much more difficulty in certain tasks, hampering their productivity. Less-productive workers are less likely to earn promotions and raises in addition to a lack of efficiency. Athletes with knee pads will perform better than competitors who do not have them because they will be able to perform more athletic moves that require stress on the knees. In either area, knee pads will aid in better performance.

Longevity

Protecting knees will help them last longer. Athletes who take care of their knees with knee pads will be able to enjoy their sports activities for many more years than those who do not wear them. Workers who use knee pads will be able to fulfill the duties of their job for many more years and will be able to continue earning an income.

Confidence

Knowing that knees will be protected makes it easier for athletes and workers to get down on their knees and accomplish what they need to. A volleyball player with knee pads will know that she is not going to get hurt when she drops her knees to the floor to make a dig. A construction worker won't have to stand and bend down to hit a low nail, instead he'll be able to get down on his knees and hit the nail straight on.

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