Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Safety Basics for Inline Skating and Rollerblading

Encouraging your children to participate in physical activities is very important, not least because of the well-documented health benefits that accompany regular exercise. Getting involved in sports, whether in a team or individually can help boost social skills and increase the child’s sense of personal responsibility. If you want your children to learn the value of practice and sticking at tasks, encouraging them to take up a sport is the ideal way to do this. Rollerblading and inline skating are currently very popular options that are a little different to traditional team sports. If your child is interested in skating, make sure you’re up to date on the required standards of safety

Wear the Correct Safety Gear

Every time your children skate, they must wear a helmet. You can buy helmets that are specially designed for inline skating or skateboarding, and these will help prevent a head injury if you child has an accident. It’s inevitable that there will be slips and tumbles, particularly in the early stages of learning, so educate your children from the outset and make sure they never leave the house to skate without their helmet. Your child’s helmet should fit snugly and have a strap that goes under the chin. A loose helmet could come off during a fall and not fulfil its protective function. Make sure you purchase a set of knee and elbow pads that are soft inside and have a hard plastic shell to guard against cuts and scrapes.

Skate in the Right Place

Your child can learn to avoid injury by choosing the right areas in which to skate. You may wish to supervise younger children when they start learning, so pick somewhere that’s free of obstacles and other people. Empty car parks or bike trails are excellent places to begin learning, before your child moves up to skating rinks and parks. Your child should avoid skating on the road wherever possible and never skate in traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists should be respected at all times. It’s important to educate your child early on so they know to look out for potholes, cracks in the pavements, ice and wet leaves. 

It’s also important to make sure that your child has the right equipment to start skating, and this means buying a good quality pair of inline skates. Choose a specialist retailer like Skate Hut to ensure that your child can start skating in safety and comfort.


6 comments:

Tracie Trump said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love these tips and I will passing on this post to my sisters for my nieces and nephews!

Karen Glatt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have seen so many kids skate boarding really fast without any safety gear on. It is so dangerous to not have safety gear on. When they get hurt, they will wish they were wearing safety gear. It is so important!

Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Safety gear is a must if you are skating or biking. You never know when you might take a spill and the safety gear can protect you from serious injuries. Thank you for sharing.

slehan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great tips. Safety first! When I was growing up there were no skateboards or inline skates.

slehan at juno dot com

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Safety gear is so important, especially wearing a helmet. Wonderful tips!

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

some really good tips an points,,they have to wear safety gear or else its a bad experience when they do fall

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