Skateboarding and inline or quad roller skating were once considered unusual sports but have increased in popularity among many age groups.
Prior to joining my roller derby team a couple years ago I hadn't roller skated in easily over 10 years. I thought being moderately athletic I would have no problem strapping eight wheels to my feet and zooming all around the skating rink. Stepping out into that track was a shock to me — my legs looked like a baby giraffe walking for the first time.
Sports on skateboards, inline or quad skates can be very dangerous. Before you or your child tries a rolling sport make sure to follow these safety suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Replace wheels as soon as they show significant signs of wear, and make sure they are clean and free of debris.
- Wear a properly fitting, safety-certified helmet.
- Wear elbow and knee pads, as well as wrist guards.
- Be aware of the environment you're skating in. Most accidents happen on public roads, parking lots and sidewalks.
- Take notice of other skaters, walkers, bicyclists and cars that use the same areas.
- Learn the proper skating techniques. Consider taking a skating class.