Inline Skating Injury Prevention

Prevention

More than 17 million Americans participate in the sport of inline skating. Whether skating fast or standing still, you can get an injury — from fractures or dislocations to more serious injuries to the head — if you do not follow the rules of the sport.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 61,000 people were treated for inline skating-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms, doctors� offices, clinics and other medical settings in 2007.

The key to remember is that many inline skating injuries are preventable if you follow these safety tips:

  • Learn the basic skills of the sport particularly how to stop properly, before venturing into traffic
  • Wear a helmet, wrist protectors and knee and elbow pads
  • Always put on protective gear before putting on your skates
  • Perform warm-up exercises before and after skating
  • Obey traffic signals, stay at the right side of the road and don’t weave in and out of lanes
  • Avoid skating in crowded walkways

Skate boots always must fit properly. Here are some tips you can use when purchasing inline skates:

  • Don’t buy boots that put too much pressure on any area of your foot; the pressure can cause blisters.
  • Choose the boot size at the end of the day or after training, when feet will be at their largest.
  • When selecting the size of the boot, wear the same type of sock that will be worn when skating.
  • Kick both feet into the back of the boots before buckling and skating.
  • Be certain the heel doesn’t move up and down in the boot during skating.

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