Roller blading can be an enormous amount of fun for people of all ages and is the perfect activity to enjoy with friends or as a family.
However, as with most hobbies of this ilk, there are also significant and potentially serious dangers to think about. Accidents in public such as slips, trips and falls can cause substantial physical damage and put a sorry and painful end to your adventure before it has really begun.
How can I avoid suffering public place injuries while roller blading?
The following tips can go a long way to helping ensure you stay injury free, gliding on two feet as you master the art of rollerblading.
Before you begin, you should check you have the right gear on. Clothing should be comfortable and flexible, allowing a wide range of movement. In terms of extra protection, the following items are strongly advised:
– Wrist guards
– Knee and elbow pads
– Fingerless gloves
Roller blading is one of those sports where beginners luck doesn’t really exist. Everyone has to start somewhere and the learning curve can be a painful one littered with accidents in public if not taken at the right pace.
As a beginner, you want to start on smooth, flat surfaces and repeatedly practice the basic skills, such as balance and braking, before moving on. It may seem boring, but will help enormously in terms of avoiding personal injuries later on.
Ideally, you want to find a quiet spot either on grass or a smooth pavement, well away from traffic, before you begin your journey. To start with:
– Walk around with the toes of both feet pointed slightly outward as this replicates the push off position.
– Practice balancing on one foot at a time. This will hugely benefit your striding and stopping capabilities in the long run.
– Get well used to stopping and using your brakes as these are the essential tools when it comes to stopping an accident in public occurring. It’s important to remember that the brakes are designed to stop slowly. Rapid halts can cause trips and falls.
It’s also advisable, especially for complete beginners, to check the local area for places that offer introductory lessons and coaching sessions.
If you do suffer a public accident that wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to assist you in winning the accident compensation you deserve.