Roller skating is quite safe, especially when compared with contact sports like rugby and football. However, skaters can achieve quite high speeds. If they accidentally collide with something, they could bump their heads, knees, elbows, or wrists. These bumps are not always their own fault. Someone may step in their way, or a roller skater may not see a pothole in the road before it is too late. So we should always have roller skating safety in mind when we go out for skating fun.
Protective Gear for Roller Skating Safety
We do not like to ‘put our foot down,’ but there are occasions when we ought to. Please wear the following safety gear each time you have your roller skates on:
- A Safety Helmet is fundamental to safe roller-skating pleasure. You can use a cycling helmet, although it does not give as much rear-head protection as a roller skating one. Always follow the manufacturer’s fitting instructions.
- Knee Pads are the second essential pieces of roller skating safety gear. The better ones have wicking material inside the soft interior in order to absorb perspiration. Replace the pad if you damage the tough outside shell.
- Elbow Pads and Wrist Guards are vital too. This is because we stretch our arms out to cushion a fall if we tumble forwards. This should not happen when we skate responsibly and safely. But wear them just in case.
Find a Safe Place to Polish Skating Skills
If you a beginner or an average-level skater, polish your skating skills in a place that is safe and free of motor vehicle traffic. Even roller-skating champions take their roller skating safety seriously. Sensible places to consider are vacant tennis courts, empty car parks, and quiet pavements. The safest place of all is probably a roller-skating rink, when it is not too busy, perhaps in the morning on a weekday.