Kneepads or knee pads are protective gear worn on knees to protect them against impact injury during, e.g., a fall or a strike, or to provide padding for extended kneeling.
Kneepads are worn in many recreational and sporting activities such as cycling
, American football
, etc. In polo
, kneepads serve primarily to protect the rider's knee when "riding off" an opponent.
In trades and military use
Kneepads are also used in various trades, for the home handyman
, for police SWAT teams
, are incorporated into military uniforms
such as the Army Combat Uniform
and the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform
. These kneepads are generally designed differently than the general all round high impact kneepads made for sports.