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There has always been a debate on whether or not to have players wear kneepads. Great cases have been made on both sides, but the arguments boil down to these basic philosophies:
The "anti-kneepad" coaches believe wearing kneepads makes players lazy, allowing them to slide of their knees to make difficult plays rather than moving their feet and getting into proper position well before such an emergency measure is necessary.
The "pro-kneepad" contingent believes kneepads encourage players to hit the floor and be more aggressive in going after balls they might normally not pursue if they were concerned about getting hurt.
Both sides have strong cases, and the debate will probably never cease. You'll have to make an individual judgement for your team.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|