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What Safety Equipment is Needed when In-line Skating?

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When looking to reduce the risk of injury, it may be wise to know exactly what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating. While nothing will protect you or your child from every type of harm, you can wear some protective gear to help reduce the overall risk of injury. This is actually a fairly dangerous hobby, but it's great exercise and lots of fun. Let's look at what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating. Protective gear is a must for you and your kids!

Helmets:

This is really the single most important item you need to remember after finding out what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating. Head injuries can and do occur even from very short falls. Keep in mind that when you are rolling around you will be on a very hard surface, not grass or padding. For this reason, when you look to see what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, you must never, ever avoid getting a decent helmet.

Now that you know that helmets are the most important safety equipment needed when in-line skating, you may want to know a bit about them. A decent helmet can be purchased at most larger retail stores or sporting goods shops. The helmet will generally be polycarbonate (plastic), with a polyurethane foam inner. Don't try to save money here. Get a decent one. You will likely use a bicycle helmet which offers no facial protection. Bigger helmets, like those used in football or with ATV's are quite heavy and uncomfortable, but offer some form of head protection. I don't know how feasible these really are to use, but it's up to you. Just keep this in mind when you search to find what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating.

Proper use is really important. Always use the chin strap. If you don't, the helmet could fall off before your head hits the ground, resulting in injury. In addition, be sure the helmet doesn't have too much movement when on, or it will not protect you properly. When you learn what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, you must also make sure you use the protective gear the right way.

Elbow pads:

Although not based on any real scientific study, I would suspect this is the second most important safety equipment needed when in-line skating. When learning to use these things, most people fall on their butts a few times. It's perfectly natural, when following on your butt or back, to put your arms down in an attempt to block the fall. This could mean broken bones, especially at the points of the elbows. When you search to find what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, you should be sure to put elbow pads on the list.

You will find most elbow pads are simply listed as small, medium, large, etc. Be sure to actually try on a pair before you buy them. They should fit fairly snug, so they don't fall out of place when moving your arm, but are not too restrictive and cut off blood flow. When you make a list of what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, be sure to include the elbow pads.

Knee pads:

Scraped and hurt knees are quite common. When you look to purchase what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, be sure you include knee pads. Scrapes, cuts, and bruises on the knees can all be reduced when you use this type of gear.

When you fit knee pads, you must make sure they are snug enough to stay put, but not so tight they cut off circulation, or hinder natural movement too much. This can actually be a more dangerous situation. When you know what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, you must take it a step beyond to ensure you are using the gear the right way.

Wrist guards:

You will notice many don't wear wrist guards. I would think they are among the most important safety equipment needed when in-line skating. A cut on the wrist can be fatal. Don't try to skimp on this one. You really should consider this type of protective gear. Like the other items mentioned, you will want to make sure they fit properly. Simply knowing what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating is not enough. You must know how to use and fit them properly.

Somewhat optional:

The list above represents what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating. This does not mean there are no other options available. If you are bound and determined to get as much protection as possible, there are some other things to consider when looking to find what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating.

Long shirts/pants: This can help reduce the risk of minor scrapes and cuts. When you look at what safety equipment is needed for in-line skating, you generally won't find long pants and shirts on the list. Just keep these items in mind, and be sure the pants don't have the potential to get tangled in the wheels, or you could have more injuries.

Eye protection: If you are looking for an all inclusive list of what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, you may wish to consider eye protection. If you do, be absolutely certain you only select shatter proof eye protection. Failure to do so could result in injury.

Gloves: I would stick with thin mechanic type gloves, so they are not too hot. This is really up to you, but it could be included on a list of what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating.

Warnings:

When you look at what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, you must also ensure you use all protective gear the right way. If you don't you could risk additional injury. When in doubt with things like proper fit, be sure to ask the sales clerk, or look up the info from a trusted website. Now that you know what safety equipment is needed when in-line skating, get out there and have some fun.

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Comments

Aug 13, 2011 12:46pm
Ulalume
While I don't inline skate myself (I skateboard actually), these tips on safety equipment are really universal for most extreme sports. I don't personally wear any safety gear anymore, mostly because I don't feel the need (I've been skateboarding for give or take ~15 years). However, for people just getting into these sports, they are essential unless you are looking to get seriously injured (or die). It is just plain stupidity to not have skill with these sports and approach them without the right safety equipment. Make sure you get the things on this list, then go out and have some fun!
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