Protection for the Mat: Wrestling Knee Pads
Stay covered during practice and competition with protective wrestling knee pads and wrestling knee sleeves from DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Wrestling is an intense sport, so it’s important to gear up with protection like pads and wrestling headgear and to understand the differences between types of equipment.
Wrestling Knee Pads vs. Wrestling Knee Sleeves
- Wrestling knee pads typically feature integrated molded padding for protection and impact absorption. Some styles offer wraparound padding for lateral support and an ergonomic construction for a superior fit. Wrestling knee pads are ideal for harder mats.
- Wrestling knee sleeves — or shooting sleeves — help prevent mat burn. While they do not feature the same amount of padding or molded support as wrestling knee pads, many wrestling knee sleeves offer some padding or cushion for extra protection. Wrestling knee sleeves are great for sliding across the mat and when minimal protection is needed.
Wrestling knee pads and sleeves come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can find ones that match your wrestling style, mat type and personal preference. For example, some wrestlers prefer wearing only one wrestling knee pad on their lead leg, while others prefer having one for each knee for more complete coverage.
Most styles feature a lightweight, slip-on design made with breathable materials. Your wrestling knee pads should have a snug, sock-like fit, so they stay in place when you’re moving, but should still be comfortable and allow for easy movement. For a more personalized fit, choose a specific size over a one-size-fits-all style.
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