How To Choose The Right Elbow And Knee Pads
Falling off a skateboard tends to result in some pretty nasty bruises and scrapes, more often in the knee and elbow areas. Elbow and knee pads will protect from the terrible pain when you bust on a vert ramp or attempt a new trick for the fist time. Elbow and knee pads are made of either a hard plastic shell or a soft, dense foam that is designed to cushion your fall. Most pads today are made with light and durable materials that bring comfort and protection in sport that can be pretty extreme. Pads can be worn above or under your clothing, just depends on your own personal preference.
Elbow pads are meant to protect you from nasty falls, which why it is important that the pads do not restrict your range of motion. Purchasing the right size elbow pads that aren’t too tight or limit your ability to bend your arm can cause more harm than good. To guarantee that you get the right size pads, take a look at the steps below on how to measure your arms properly.
Wrap a soft measuring tape around the center of your elbow. Take the tape and measure around your outstretched arm at either the middle of your elbow or at the top or bottom of your arm where the pads will rest.
Knee damage is the most common skateboard related injuries, making knee pads one of the most important type of skateboard pads. Knee pads will help protect you from wipeouts and falls. Especially when skating downhill, large ramps, or even difficult tricks.
Knee pads have a cap that features a hard plastic shell or either foam like material that will protect your knee from impact. Skateboard knee pads also have stretchable cloth material that attaches with adjustable velcro.
Similar to elbow pads it is very important that your knee pads do not limit your movement. Knee pads that are too tight will limit your ability to bend at the knee. To achieve the proper measurements use a soft measuring tape and begin by measuring at the center of your knee. You can also measure at the top or bottom of the leg.