Simple enough. Knee pads protect the knee from injury when a fall occurs.
Knee pads can be purchased just about anywhere sporting goods are sold.
While not a required piece of equipment, most skaters, even at the
elite level, wear them anyway. Incidentally, Long Track speed skaters do
not wear knee pads (or helmets, for that matter).
the easiest to find, and least expensive knee pads
made by Bike. And they come in pretty small sizes, too.
brand knee pads seem to fit a little better, especially when speed skating
calls for a 90 degree bend at the knees. The open-style back allows
them to bend easier.
pads are built right into most custom made skin suits. Here you can see
the padding over the knee area.
kind of padding sewn-in to a
skin suit is shown here.
the best knee protection is offered by an inlining or skateboard type of
knee pad, with a hard plastic shell. These pads are not, however, very
popular with short track skaters.