Roller skating injuries can be extremely painful. They can ruin what should be a fun, enjoyable experience. Roller skating is an increasingly popular pastime in the United Kingdom. Whether it’s the intensely competitive roller derbies or just for fun, millions of us enjoy getting our skates on.
What are the top 3 roller skating injuries?
- Bumps and bruises: Top of the list of roller skating injuries is, of course, bumps and bruises. Trips and falls whilst roller skating are inevitable, especially as you are learning the art. Falls during roller skating are surprising and sudden. This means you have precious little time to brace yourself for impact or get your body in position. Also, the floors at roller skating venues are solid and hard. All of this means that bruises are almost inevitable after a fall at roller skating. Elbows and knees tend to suffer the brunt of the impact.
- Dislocations: In more serious roller skating accidents, dislocations can occur. Dislocations happen when a bone is wrenched out of its joint by sudden forceful movement. They can be extremely painful and require lengthy, complicated rehabilitation. The joints most at risk of dislocation during roller skating are knees, ankles and shoulders.
- Head injuries: The most serious roller skating injuries are, without question, head injuries. From bumps to the head to full on concussion, care must be taken to avoid head injuries when roller skating. As mentioned, suffering a fall when roller skating doesn’t give you much time to prepare for impact. The nature of the falls puts you at considerable risk of a head injury.
How can I avoid roller skating injuries?
Having the right safety equipment can go a long way to helping avoid roller skating injuries. The basic essentials include:
- Elbow and knee pads
As well as personal equipment, the venue management also has an obligation towards the safety of visitors. This means both eliminating hazards before opening and dealing with risks to health as they appear.
If they fail to do this, and you are injured as a result, you may have a claim for personal injury compensation. An example of venue management being at fault would be an uneven section of flooring causing a trip or fall.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way. Speak to our advisors by Calling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice