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Monday, June 27, 2011
I can remember years ago when I went to the skating rink that I did not wear a helmet. I not only did not wear a helmet skating, but neither did I wear one riding a bike. Times have changed! Today we recognize the danger of not protecting the head from injuries. Perhaps we were a little bit naive thinking that nothing would happen to us or perhaps if it did, nothing serious would happen. Today you cannot skate at a rink without a helmet and shame on you if you ride a bike without one!
So we need a helmet. Where can we get one and how much do they cost? They are available at many large department stores, bicycle shops, online stores, etc. You can find a good quality helmet between $35 to $60. You do not need to spend more money to get a helmet that will adequately protect your head.
If you already have a helmet, should you keep it or replace it? There are a few factors to keep in mind before making that decision.
1. If you have crashed with your helmet, please replace it. The foam in the helmet is not meant to take more than one hit. I know that it might look fine but that does not mean that it can do the job next time. If you had a minor crash, look to see if you can see any marks on the shell or assess any foam crush. If so, please replace the helmet! There are a few manufacturers that will actually be willing to inspect your crashed helmet to see if replacement is needed. Check the internet for addresses and phone numbers of manufacturers.
2. If you have an old helmet, replace it. Many of the older helmets dating back to the 70's and 80's do not have the protection that today's helmets provide. Also, the old helmets will age even if you are not using them. Don't take the chance on using old equipment even though it worked well for you or your parents many years ago.
3. Even if you have a newer helmet and have never crashed with it, you might find it necessary to replace it. There are factors to help you make this decision.
a. Usage. If you use your helmet on a regular basis, you should probably change your helmet about every five years. In fact, helmets change every few years and are always improving.
b. Care and abuse. If you don't take good care of your helmet, you need to replace it. How soon it should be replaced is determined by the amount of abuse. Please do not throw your helmet onto any hard surface. It will damage the helmet and would make it necessary to be replaced.
Helmets today are available in all sizes and shapes. Take good care of your helmet and it can last several years
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Monday, June 20, 2011
When are you too old to take up roller skating? Is there a magic age when you should shut it down? If you are considering taking up this sport, there are a couple of things that you need to consider.
1. Level of fitness
If you are more than thirty pounds overweight, you probably should spend some time in the gym before you begin. If you go to the gym twice a week, continue getting good exercise for at least a couple of months. This is important so that your muscles, tendons and ligaments will be strong enough to withstand the impact of falling and having a lower chance of injury. If you really want to tone up the muscles and have better results, find a personal trainer who will get you started safely with a program of weight lifting and cardiovascular training. Also, the preparation in the gym will likely cause you to lose some weight before you changeover to roller skating. By the way, roller skating is a great way to stay fit and also lose some weight!
2. The health of your bones
If you are a post menopausal women, I would recommend that you see your doctor before beginning this sport. The doctor can do a bone density assessment and can let you know if your bones are healthy enough to skate. Because this is a weight-bearing activity, skating can build bone density to a certain extent. Of course, men can have brittle bones as well. It would be wise for a man over the age of 50 to also have a bone density assessment. If you have a good assessment, the rink can be your playground. Now that does not mean that you won't have an injury. It can happen to anyone at any age. But the risk of injury is a lot higher when you hit the floor or pavement with brittle bones.
Perhaps you are looking for an age limit. There are people in their 80's and 90's at the rink skating. However, there are people in their 50's and 60's who are in such poor physical health that it would not be wise for them to take up this sport until they are in better shape. Now you can put on some protective equipment like a helmet and pads if you are not in good shape, but it is not wise to engage in this sport until you follow the two recommendations above. In conclusion, keep yourself in good physical condition and you can enjoy this sport well into your golden years.
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Monday, June 13, 2011
Learning to roller skate can be intimidating at first. If you are a child, it probably will be the first few minutes that will be the most difficult. After that, the fear is managed and the child gradually becomes more confident on the skates. As an adult, the experience is usually more daunting. The fear usually goes beyond the first few minutes because it takes an adult a little bit longer to feel comfortable on the skates.
There are two big fears, mostly with adults, when it comes to skating. The first is fear of falling (which will happen) and secondly is the fear of not being able to stop. That fear can be managed when a skater realizes that they can plow into the rink walls. But practice and more practice and a good instructor (anyone who knows how to skate) and some good padding can get you on the road to become a skater. If you are just starting, please don't be embarrassed at the rink. Even though there are many great skaters around you, they remember their own first attempts. Most will be very supportive and helpful to you. I would strongly urge you to begin your learning to roller skate at a rink and not outdoors.
However, if there is not a rink nearby or you only want to skate outside, there are a couple of points that you need to know.
1. Wear a helmet and protective gear. Although you might be using skates intended for outdoors, there is a much greater chance for you to fall. Things like cracks in the cement, rocks, etc. can easily send a novice skater to the ground. Some department stores and online stores provide some excellent choices for protective gear. Your risk of being injured on roller skates can be lowered by wearing a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. Whether you are an adult or child, wearing protective equipment when you are outside is essential. A helmet will reduce the risk for serious injury by 85%.
2. If you have an abnormal fear of falling, you can help eliminate this fear by wearing some padded undergarments that are worn by hockey players and roller derby players. If you are learning on a rink, you can rent a "skate mate". It is a safe, durable, economical and effective teaching tools to help beginning skaters of all ages to learn how to roller skate. The "skate mate" stabilizes the skater so that they can quickly develop balance and self-confidence. The "skate mate" can be used outside but it will be more effective if used indoors on a rink.
So why not give roller skating a try! Perhaps you will find a hobby that will give you great satisfaction as well as great exercise. If you are a parent, please give your child a good opportunity to learn how to skate. If you do, your child might begin a sport that will carry throughout their life.
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Monday, June 6, 2011
The beginning roller skater just wants a pair of skates. The main question to ask is whether they will be used indoors or outdoors. If outdoors, they should want a soft wheel; conversely, if you want to skate indoors, you need a harder wheel. But if a person starts on a regular basis, there are a lot of other possibilities to consider. Let me share the many different kinds of skate wheels that are now available.
As the name implies, this enables the skater to go faster with a little less of an effort. This is also probably the most popular of the wheels. These wheels are used mostly for indoor use. Many of the following skate wheels are also speed wheels but are used for a particular purpose.
Roller Derby is an American invented contact skating sport. The individuals race around an oval rink competitively usually one team against another. Derby wheels are usually used by more experienced skaters. In fact there are many avid derby fans in the United States.
A Jam skater can do a combination of skating, dancing and gymnastics. So someone who buys jam wheels will want to learn how to use their roller skates doing the above. A real jam skater that is an accomplished user will be using these different forms.
As the name implies, it is skating to a rhythm or beat. It consists of dance moves, shuffling, and slides. As a skater gains confidence, this is a fun activity at a rink.
Artistic skating is a sport where individuals, groups, or mixed couples perform jumps, spins, and other moves usually to music. Although artistic ice skating is more popular, doing it on roller skates can also be a fun sport. An artistic skater usually wears high top boots with their artistic wheels.
This type of wheel is very obvious. It is used outside the rink. There are a few wheels that can be used either indoors or outdoors but it is best to find a soft wheel for outdoor use. Outdoor skaters usually use their skates in parks, sidewalks, or bicycle paths.
Roller skating can be a lot of fun. If you are new to this sport, you might think that this involves going around a rink on skates. Unfortunately, many have this misconception and decide that the sport is not something they would undertake. As a beginner, first learn to skate at a rink. As you become use to the skates, then determine if there is a kind of skating you would enjoy and then pick your boots and wheels accordingly.
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