Just like any new skill, learning to roller skate comes with its share of ups and downs. However, the “downs” of roller skating can be a bit painful if you’re not prepared! If you’re interested in learning to skate, or teaching your child/partner/friend how to skate, check out the benefits of wearing protective skating gear from your friends at Lanham Skate Center.
- First stop, helmets! Helmets are an important piece of safety gear for many sports, but you’ll want to make sure to choose one that is appropriate for the activity. While there is no “concussion-proof” helmet, they can prevent serious head and brain injuries caused by a fall or collision. Check out the CDC’s Helmet Safety page to learn more.
- Next up, elbow and knee pads. These protective pads are a smart choice for beginning skaters, especially if skating outdoors! While taking a fall on the hard floor of a skating rink might not feel great, concrete or asphalt will be even more painful. Wearing elbow and knee pads protects these fragile areas that often take the hardest impacts from falling.
- Last, but not least, don’t forget wrist guards! Learning to skate inevitably involves some falls, and it’s natural to stick your hands out to break your fall. Unfortunately, wrist injuries are one of the most common reasons skaters end up seeking medical attention, so it pays to protect them. Wrist guards provide both impact protection and bracing support to ensure that your tumbles don’t end in an ER visit.
Now that you know safety gear isn’t just for roller derby, you may also want to consider skating lessons. We can teach you how to roll and stop, how to turn, and even how to fall safely! To learn more about roller skating lessons in Lanham, check out our Fun to Roll Lanham skating lessons or contact us at (301) 577-1733!