In-line skating is a lot of fun and can be done more safely if you take the following steps:
1.Always wear full
protective gear -- helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads.
2.Practice basic skills, like balance and braking, before you skate on anything but a smooth, flat surface.
3.Avoid hills until you are ready, and always skate under control.
In-line skating, like any other action sport, involves a risk of serious personal injury. Always wear protective gear to help reduce your risk of injury.
Get a feel for your skates and try some basic skills on grass or smooth pavement, in a quiet area away from traffic, before you roll onto the trail:
Walk around with the toes of both feet pointed slightly outward. That's how you'll push off when you skate. Practice balancing on one foot at a time. The better you balance on your in-line skates, the easier striding and stopping will be for you. Practice using your brake to make sure you can stop.
A good way to get started in the sport of in-line skating is to take a lesson or get other instruction. You can ask your retailer about lessons, or check with local adult education centers, community centers, and park programs. You also can check with your retailer about Rollerblade's "Ready, Set . . . Roll!" instructional video, or try an instructional book.
Before you start, you must learn how to stop. Practice the following techniques until you're comfortable: Active Brake Technologyª--If you are using Rollerblade's ABT® brake, simply move the braking skate forward, which applies pressure to the cuff and lowers the brake pad. The ABT is height adjustable to accommodate different skating styles and brake pad wear. Adjust the brake to its highest position before you skate backwards.
Standard heel brake--To apply this brake, lean forward at the waist, tilt your braking toe up and apply pressure to the heel brake while bending your other knee.
After you've practiced, you're ready for the trail - wearing full protective gear, of course.
Find a flat, smooth surface that is free of debris and away from traffic. Practice your balance before you start rolling. Stand with your feet even and about four to six inches apart, arms slightly in front of you and knees bent so your shins touch the front of your skates. Your weight should be balanced on the balls of your feet. A common mistake made by beginners is to stand straight up with their knees locked or to balance on their heels.
To get rolling, point the toes of your skates slightly outward, push off to the side with one foot and glide forward with the other. Skate with an easy rhythmic stride.
Once you start, remember that the brake on your skate is designed to stop you slowly. When you apply the brake, you will stop gradually. You will stop more slowly if you are just learning to skate. The faster you are going, the longer it will take to stop. Be sure to keep your eyes on the road and begin braking in enough time to stop safely.
Control your speed. Don't go too fast. Remember that you will quickly gain speed going downhill, even on a small hill or gradual decline. Make sure you know how to control your speed and stop before you go down any hills.
Wear full protective gear. Take a lesson Practice basic skills and braking. Avoid hills when first starting out.