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Skating safety tips

roller skating safety

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.