Skating doubles up as a fun sport and an effective exercise; just ask anyone who has taken it up as a recreational or competitive sport.
As such, just like any other sport, safety measures have to be taken to prevent injuries.
Let’s delve into specifics.
Wear protective gear
This is a no brainer. Wearing safety gear will ensure there is a significantly lower chance of suffering major injuries.
Below are some of the protective gear you should invest in
- Good skates
Purchase good Riedell skates that are comfortable and offer excellent ankle support. Avoid skates that are a size bigger or smaller. When purchasing skating boots, the first thing to do is squeeze it. If the plastic is squeezable, it is not of good quality. Also, remember to properly buckle up your skates.
- A helmet
Do not just go for any helmet. Get helmets that are specifically designed for skating. These specific helmets come down further towards the base of the skull for optimal protection in case of backward falls.
The helmet should also fit properly and always fasten its straps under the chin.
- Knee, elbow, and wrist pads
Everyone falls while skating; even Scott Hamilton. However, to minimize injuries and prevent scratches and scrapes, invest in good quality pads for your knees, elbows, and wrists. These pads also provide a cushion so that you do not injure your bones in case of a fall.
Wear light gloves to protect your fingers. Additionally, skating rinks often get chilly and gloves help keep your hands warm.
What another way to protect your infectious smile by safeguarding your teeth and mouth against falls and crashes?
Learn how to skate safely
Wearing safety gear is not enough. One has to practice how to skate safely. Some of the ways you could do this include:
- Enrolling in skating classes before trying to skate on your own.
- As a beginner, practice in an open space such as a grass field. The grass will give you a good cushion to fall on.
- After practicing and advancing your skills, advance to an indoor or outdoor rink.
- Once you have perfected your skills, you could advance to a skate park.
- Last but not least, resist the temptation of taking on a ramp or bowl unless you are a pro-skater and have the skills to do so safely.
Outdoor skating safety
Once you have mastered some complex skills and are ready to get out and practice outdoor skating, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure maximum safety.
- Be alert while skating outdoors. Avoid the use of earphones, earbuds, cellphones, and other devices that may be distracting you.
- Have a cellphone or a whistle that you could use to alert people in case you suffer an accident or injury.
- Always carry a form of identification.
Additional safety precautions
- Avoid skating during night time.
- If possible, skate with a partner, friend or relative
- Never skate in traffic. Also, avoid sidewalks and roads. Recreational trails are the most preferred places to skate.
- Wear sunscreen to avoid the effects of the damaging ultra-violet rays.
- Carry an extra bottle of water on hot days
- Never get towed behind a car. It is very dangerous and could cause serious accidents
- Last but not least, never skate when it is snowing or raining.