I have just fallen again off road (last serious time was 6 years ago on the same knee) and I have badly damaged my knee - wound was deep and 6cm by 4 cm. I am presently sitting with my knee up and will be doing so for a few more days and unable to bend my knee till it heals. I want to get back running but I keep visualising myself falling and looking down on my sore knee so scared to fall again. Should I wear knee protectors especiallly in off road situations or will my knees lift less with my feet more likely to shuffle next to the ground and trip? I really am scared of falling again and would be grateful for any recommendations - change of running style or suitable knee protectors?