Importance of Knee Pads
Your knees are the largest joints in your body and are crucial for any type of upright activity, such as standing, walking and running. As the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports, while your knee joint is protected in the front by a small bone called patella or “knee cap”, the patella itself is very vunerable to fractures. (ref 1) Knee pads can help protect your knee cap, and provide shock absorption for other part of your knee.
Knee pads can be an effective protectant during physical activities for work, during sports and recreation. For example, according to medical equipment manufacturer, AliMed, for those whose jobs require a lot of squatting and kneeling, knee pads offer cushioning between the calf and high which reduces the strain off the knee joints' bones, ligaments and cartledge while in a crouching. (ref 2) Also, the Bastyr Center for Natural Health reports that use of knee pads was associated with a 56% decrease in risk of knee injury for high schools athletes. (ref 3) Additionally, Durango Orthopedics advises that when engaging in recreational activities such as roller blading, knee pads can protect the patella against fractures during a hard fall. (ref 4)
Explore In Depth
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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."