Safety is as important to in-line skating as exercise and fun. Learn more about selecting helmets and pads here.
How To Buy In-line Skating Safety Equipment
It is vital that you wear safety equipment when in-line skating. A helmet and wrist guards are essential, no matter what type of in-line skating you do. A recent study found that only 7% of injured skaters had been wearing full gear, and 82% of elbow injuries and 87% of wrist injuries could have been prevented by wearing the proper safety gear.
- Most helmets are made of a polycarbonate material, which is a lightweight plastic
- The inner padding is made of polyurethane foam, which provides protection against falls and also serves for comfort purposes
- There are two basic types of in-line skating helmets. One is a bicycle-type helmet the other, a football-type helmet.
- Bicycle style helmets cover the top, front, and back of the head and have a shape similar to a half-oval
- Football style helmets protect the ears and extend farther down the back of the head to provide more protection
- Helmets need to be worn and buckled at all times during skating to prevent head injuries
- Look for either ANSI, ASTM or SNELL certification on in-line skating helmets
Determining Your Head Size
- Helmets come in a variety of sizes and are usually measured in inches
- To ensure your safety, it is important that your helmet fits properly
- All skaters, and especially beginners, should wear knee pads to prevent knee injuries and scrapes from falling
- Knee pads need to be fastened securely around the leg
- Knee pads are usually sized small, medium, and large according to body size
- Elbow pads are also highly recommended for beginners, as well as all aggressive and hockey skaters
- Elbow pads are sized small, medium, and large, according to body size
- Wrist guards should be worn at all times by all skaters
- They are manufactured of a hard plastic with a soft protective coating for comfort
- Wrist guards are sized small, medium, and large, according to body size