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Safety Tips for In-Line Skating
- Falling after hitting a stationary object, such as a rock, stick, pothole, bump in pavement, or other object
- Losing balance
- Colliding with another skater, cyclist, or pedestrian
- Losing control, such as while skating downhill
- Hazardous road conditions, such as sand, oil, or wet pavement
- Poor visibility
- A helmet that fits well and is worn properly
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Your skates should be of high quality and should fit well, providing good ankle support.
- Check your skates on a regular basis to make sure they are in good condition.
- Replace any wheels, bearings, or brakes that are starting to get worn.
- Check your wheels and remove any grass or rocks that are stuck in the bearings.
- Be cautious when skating in areas where there are cars, bicycles, pedestrians, and other skaters. Avoid sudden stops and turns.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Always yield to pedestrians.
- Be alert for children, who are unpredictable and may run across your path when you least expect it.
- Be cautious around dogs, especially if they are on leashes. If a leashed dog runs in front of you, you may skate into the leash and fall.
- Skate on smooth, paved surfaces without any traffic. Remember that it can be dangerous to skate in the street.
- Do not skate through water, sand, mud, gravel, dirt, or oil. The wheels of in-line skates have little traction.
- When you approach a driveway or parking lot, always expect a car to come speeding out. When in doubt, slow down.
- Before crossing an intersection, always look around for any car that could turn in front of you.
- When approaching a car parked on the side of the road, be prepared for someone to open a door.
- Obey traffic regulations.
- Pass pedestrians, cyclists, and others skaters on the left, and only when it is safe to do so.
- Let others know when you are going to pass them. Say “Passing on your left,” in a pleasant tone of voice that is loud enough for them to hear.
- If skating with another person or group, skate in single file.
- Stay to the right side of sidewalks, trails, and bike paths.
American College of Sports Medicine http://www.acsm.org/
American Council on Exercise http://www.acefitness.org/
Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine http://www.casm-acms.org/
Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute http://www.cflri.ca/eng/lifestyle/index.php
Benson J, Shafer A. Falling safely. The InLine Club of Boston website. Available at: http://www.sk8net.com/Learn/HowToFall.html. Accessed August 24, 2012.
Inline skating safety. National Safety Council website. Available at: http://www.nsc.org/news%5Fresources/resources/documents/inline%5Fskating%5Fsafety.pdf. Updated April 2009. Accessed August 24, 2012.
Inline skating safety statistics. International Inline Skating Association website. Available at http://www.iisa.org/resources/safety.htm. Accessed Augst 24, 2012.
Skate safely—always wear safety gear. United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Available at http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5014.pdf. Accessed August 24, 2012.
Skating signals. The InLine Club of Boston website. Available at http://www.sk8net.com/Learn/SkatingSignals.html. Accessed August 24, 2012.
Safety tips: inline skating. KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/sports%5Fsafety/safety%5Finline.html#. Updated May 2010. Accessed August 27, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 08/2012
- Update Date: 08/27/2012