Whether you skate with your family, friends, or alone. To get started you need to know how, where and what to use.
The first time you step on wheels you may just end up on your backside. (We have ALL been there!)
For your first time on skates, you need to know the basics. How to get going and how to stop and about the basic equipment needed to get started. Skatelog has some excellent resources on the equipment needed and an excellent section for Beginners.
"In-line skates are generally assumed to be very new and modern, but actually all roller skates were in-line from the first known pair in 1716 until 1863, when James Plimpton invented a skate with four wheels in a rectangular arrangement." For more on the history of In-line skating check out Hickok Sports.
If you are going to In-line Skate, you need to know the Lingo. Words like grind, soyale, and capped don't mean much to you if you don't know what they mean. You can learn the lingo here
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 26,000 persons are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year with skateboard related injuries. However, they also warn that in-line skating - a popular new sport - can be hazardous if skaters do not wear helmets and other safety gear or do not learn to skate and stop safely. From 1993 to 1995 the agency has noted a 184% increase in the number of injuries involving in-line skaters -- rising from 37,000 to 105,000.
Here are the basics:
- Make sure your skates fit you properly.
- Make sure you wear a helmet, gloves, and elbow and knee pads. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can provide added protection.
- Keep all equipment in good, working condition.
- Learn to skate in an area where there is no traffic. The best place to go is a park that allows In-line skating.
- Don't skate on public streets or sidewalks or in an unlit area.
- Look for clean surfaces, free of rocks, ditches and holes to help prevent injuries.