To Wear or Not to Wear: Volleyball Kneepads
It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid, seasoned volleyball player or someone who is just starting out, protecting your knees should be one of your top priorities. You never know when you’re going to dive and take yourself out accidently! Accidents do happen and things don’t always go as planned. If you want to still be able to play when you are 60, you need to be proactive and take care of your body now, and it all starts with wearing the proper protective gear every time you play.
There has been a debate among some volleyball players; to wear or not to wear volleyball kneepads; and while the defense for not wearing kneepads is strong, there are ways around these complaints, and protecting your body should always come first. Many argue that wearing kneepads is more of a hindrance-they can chaff the skin, move around, smell, look goofy, and can make a player develop bad habits. However, with the proper coaching bad habits can be broken, kneepads that fit properly should not chaff the skin or move around, new technology has helped with the smell (and…show more content… Currently most of the volleyball kneepads created today is the flat style. These pads have risen in status due to their balance of protection, movability while playing, and because many did not find these pads to be as obnoxious! While these pads do not offer the same amount of protection as the bubble kneepads, they offer enough for the player who isn’t finding any excuse to dive to the ground, or who isn’t brand new to the sport. These pads allow for more movement and are a lot lighter, stinker, and bulky as the bubble style. Many also offer side protection, due to their wrap-around style, which provides some protection to the sides of the knees. This can be helpful when you crash into another player, since you never know how you are going to