Make no mistake about it, your rollerblades can help you achieve a very high rate of speed in no time flat. You can go really quickly on rollerblades. This is especially true if you are going downhill on a steep incline.
Furthermore, if you are in an area where there are sharp turns or blind curves, your rollerblading can be quite hazardous indeed. Obviously, this includes situations where there are cars and other vehicles around. In this context, it is very important to use rollerblades safely. Rollerblade safety can really boil down to two points: safe practices and safe premises. I am going to tackle them one by one in the discussion below.
The way you operate your rollerblades obviously impacts your safety. This is the most immediate factor in determining your overall safety when out rollerblading. Keep in mind that what you do before, during and after your rollerblading exercise impacts your comprehensive safety.
First, before you get out and rollerblade, make sure you wear proper gear. Wear appropriate padding. You cannot go wrong with enough padding. A lot of people think that their padding makes them look goofy, but it is better to look goofy than to end up getting banged, scraped or cut up. Seriously. You would not want to put yourself in a situation where your rollerblading hobby gets you permanently injured. Unfortunately, that is always the threat if you do not know what you are doing, or you do not care about hazards out there. Protect yourself by wearing proper safety gear.
At the very least, invest in a good helmet, wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads. The more padding, the better. Of course, there are many different designs of this equipment. Some look goofier than others so depending on your personal fashion taste, and how much you care about what other people think about you, choose the proper design that makes more sense in your particular situation. Always wear your safety gear. Put them on before you head out the door.
It is also a good idea to skate with somebody who is a better skater than you. This person should know first aid. This person also should know proper operations with skates. Hence if you are running into trouble, at least you can get a quick reminder of how to react so you can either avoid a spill or minimize the damage caused by one.
When you are feeling that you have lost your control, or you are in the process of falling backwards, quickly grab your knees. This is very important because although you would still fall, you would end up falling forward or face down. Why is this a good move? Well, the damage caused to your body when you fall down at a high rate of speed is much less when you fall face first compared falling on your back. You have less control when you fall on your back. Moreover, the back of your head might take quite a beating.
It is also a good idea to skate only on even surfaces. Now you are sacrificing a bit of speed because there is no incline here, but when you are skating on an even surface, you minimize the chances of you being thrown off your center of gravity. Now, keep in mind that if you are skating, this is a big issue because of the way roller skates and the way your center of gravity is positioned, you really cannot take that much shock. Roller skates seriously cannot take that many hits without you falling over to the side or your center of gravity being compromised. With that said, inline skates can take quite a bit of a punishment, but they can only do so to a certain extent. They have their limits. You do not need to test any of this. Simply ensure that you are skating on a fairly even surface that is big enough, and you should be good to go.
When you are out there, it is very tempting to just really let go and practice all your moves. Believe me, I can see where you are coming from. It is very tempting, especially if it is bright, warm and sunny outside. However, if you try to do too much, you usually end up dropping something and safety is one of the first things to go out the window. You cannot allow yourself to try to practice all the skating tricks that you want to learn only. Simply focus on one at a time and keep practicing further by being fully aware of your situation.
It is also a good idea to take professional lessons if you really want to have a tough time mastering certain moves. If you feel that you cannot progress to the next level, do not make it unnecessarily hard on yourself by beating yourself up out there skating with no progress. Do yourself a big favor and just take the plunge and spend a few dollars on professional help. A little skilled guidance can definitely go a long way if you really want to master rollerblading.
The Right Premises
It is a good idea to skate not only the right way but also skate at the right place. Avoid places that are very crowded. It is too easy to get distracted and end up bumping into people. Furthermore, make sure that the place that you are going to be skating is as skating friendly as possible. If you are lucky enough to live in a jurisdiction that has public-dedicated skating rinks, go there. Seriously. Go to that skate park or go to that skating rink. Nothing else comes close because those places are designed specifically for skaters.
Now, unfortunately, skating rinks and skating parks are quite few and far between. Moreover, if you live in a city that has a dedicated public skating rinks and skate parks, the city budget might not be able to keep these premises in great working shape. So, do not think that just because you are skating at a skating rink that you are safe. Look at the general condition of the premises that you are skating in. If it is badly maintained, or there is a lot of debris on the ground, then it is only a matter of time until you spill or scrape yourself.
Pay close attention to light. Make sure that you do not skate at night or skate during twilight. There has to be enough lighting for you to see the surface that you are skating on. This maximizes your overall safety. Keep the tips above in mind.
In addition, when looking to skate safely, it is also a good idea to make sure you have the right equipment. Do not buy skates that are too small or too big. Moreover, do not use skates that are worn out. You may be compromising your safety by using worn-out equipment.