The following information is provided in order that you enjoy a fun, safe skating experience. Areas of interest include the physical benefits of rollerblading, information for beginners, a sample learning/training regimen, and equipment and information necessary to skate safely and without injury.
1. In-line skating produces less than half the impact shock to joints that running does.
2. In-line skating targets the hips, thighs and buttocks. It offers a comparable muscular workout to running and cycling because the muscles work for a longer period of time during in-line skating stride than on a running stride or a cycling crank cycle.
3. In-line skating produces more aerobic benefits than stair stepping and nearly as much as running.
4. An in-line skating workout will burn nearly as many calories
as asimilar running workout. A person weighing 150 pounds can burn
nearly 360 calories in a 30-minute in-line skating workout. Also,
skaters tend to work out for longer periods of time because it is more
The first time you skate, try to find an area that you would consider to be a controlled environment. It should be controlled from the standpoint that there is no traffic, a smooth surface, and little or no interference from onlookers. Since many people are very concerned about falling and "looking silly" the first times that they venture out in their skates (we all have been there and had our moments), it's usually a good idea to build one's confidence by skating in areas where there will be few onlookers and detractors.
In those first skating experiences, familiarize yourself with the skates and get used to thinking of this as ice skating rather than roller skating. The wheel frame should be at a slight angle (inside-out) in order to push off into each stride, not a straight forward-stride motion as done with rollerskates. A slight bend at the ankles, knees, and waist, with the torso low and slightly forward with chest over the knees will ensure good skating posture. It may take several skating experiences before you become comfortable in the this forward-leaning posture.
The key to maintaining balance and avoiding road hazards is to skate within your ability and always under control. You will find as you get better and faster that it is more difficult to stop and avoid hazards than it is to actually skate!! Most falls occur as a result of out-of-control skating. Therefore, it is necessary to spend a proportional amount of time learning how to stop and being able to do so in an under-control manner.
If your skates have a standard heel brake, the skater should discontinue strides and bend even more deeply in the needs with arms and hands extended slightly out in front. At the same time, the heel of the braking skate should be placed in front of the skater, and pressure should be applied slowly and firmly until stopped. Stopping under control is just as important as skating under control.
To avoid most sudden
and emergency stopping, the skater should anticipate possible hazards and
reasons to stop by looking ahead on the skating path. As the skater
learns the approximate amount of time needed to stop, they will discontinue
their strides in enough time to be able to stop safely. New skaters
will be surprised at the amount of time necessary to stop safely.
The more erect that
the skater tries to remain, the more opportunities there will be to fall
as a result of imbalance. In these falls, the skater most often falls
on their buttocks and elbows with their skates out from under and in front
of them. Road hazards usually cause the skater to fall forward on
hands and knees.