How do I select knee pads for volleyball?

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Key factors in selecting knee pads are the age of the athlete and the experience level of the athlete. Younger volleyball players should purchase thick padded knee pads to protect the knee as much as possible. Younger athletes often have less experience and therefore do not know how to properly dive yet to protect their knees, therefore the more protection the better.

Older, more experienced athletes do not normally require knee pads to be extremely thick because they've learned the appropriate way to dive. Knee pads in this situation are used more as a barrier between the court and knee to prevent basic bruising and floor burn.

No matter what the athlete's level, knee pads should fit comfortably around the knee. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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