How to Keep Knee Pads On

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How to Keep Knee Pads On
Knee pads can be helpful in sports like rollerblading. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Knee pads are commonly thought of as being used in construction-type industries that require a person to be on their knees for long periods of time. However, knee pads have a practical use in sports that are played on hard surfaces. Sports such as basketball don't include much protective equipment and involve the risk of falling on your knees. Other sports such as volleyball and floor hockey may also require the use of knee pads. While wearing knee pads can be advantageous, keeping them from falling off or sliding down is paramount to their effectiveness.

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Things you need

  • Athletic tape
  • Electric trimmer
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Dryer

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  1. 1

    Fill a bowl up with lukewarm water. Place the knee pads in the water and pull them out.

  2. 2

    Put the knee pads in a dryer and allow them to dry. This breaks the knee pads in as some models tend to expand in size as they are used.

  3. 3

    Slide the pad up your legs until it is in place over the knee.

  4. 4

    Cut a 1 inch slit in the bottom of the knee pad if the pads are already loose.

  5. 5

    Pull one of the edges on the slit over the other edge. Hold it place as you stick the athletic tape on.

  6. 6

    Pull the tape around the bottom of the pad several times before breaking the tape off.

  7. 7

    Repeat the same process at the top of the knee pad if the top remains loose.

Tips and warnings

  • There are Velcro knee pads that are adjustable, but check with the league you wish to play in to ensure that those models are legal.
  • Men who wear knee pads may want to consider trimming the hair off their knees in order to provide a drier surface.

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