|Before You Begin Skating
If you still feel awkward on skates and perhaps somewhat intimidated,
then it's time to learn all about inline skating from a safety perspective.
The following is a discussion about rollerblading safety and contains
a number of general inline skating tips.
Safety is the First Priority
* Wear all your safety equipment all of the time
* Watch out for bumps on roads, sidewalks, and trails
* Stay alert and aware of what is happening around you
* Watch out for other skaters, cyclists, pedestrians, and cars
* Carry a whistle to let others know you are approaching
* Be courteous
* Avoid leaves, water, and loose gravel on roads and trails
* Look ahead for obstacles
* Never lean backwards on your skates
Before You Start to Skate
Before you begin, check to ensure that your brake is not loose or
worn out, your wheels are free of dirt, grime, or oil, your wheels
are not loose or wobbly, the axles and nuts are tight, and you're
wearing all of your safety gear.
Do Some Stretching
Do some stretches with your skates off. Before starting out, it's
best to warm up your legs, hips, and lower-back, which are all used
in rollerblading. In particular, stretch your calves, hamstrings,
quadriceps, groin, abdominals, and lower back muscles.
Stopping with the Brake
The amount of leverage or the amount of stopping power you have
depends partially on how worn your brake is. A half-worn brake will
provide better leverage than either a new brake or a worn-out brake.
Some people saw off part of the bottom of new brakes to avoid the
annoying breaking-in period.
Learn to Relax
After you attain braking proficiency and speed control, then being
relaxed while you skate should come fairly easy. Being relaxed isn't
a way to look cool. Keeping relaxed is critical for bumps or debris
on the trail that could make you trip and wipe out. When you're
relaxed your body reflexes can respond better than when you're all
tense from fear of falling. Basically, when relaxed, your knees,
hips, and body are already in the right position to adjust to any
bumps, turns, or obstacles that come up. If you're tense, you have
to loosen up first before you can react.