How To Learn To Roller Blade In A Safe Way

This article discloses the secrets of mastering the use of roller blades or in-line skating while avoiding the accidents and the hurts that sometimes come with the sport.

I am going to teach you how to learn to rollerblade or tackle inline skating without getting hurt. Most people tend to want to learn it fast--with disastrous results. So if you don't want to incur bruises or broken bones, heed my advice.

The first step begins at the store where you buy your rollerblades. Make sure you choose the right ones for you. Since you are only a beginner, choose a pair that you are comfortable with. Get ones which provide adequate protection for both feet and which help your sense of balance. Check the inner part of each shoe. Is it comfortable? Does it have brake pads under the heel?

If your budget doesn't allow you to get a new pair, you have to be doubly careful with the selection. Do the shoes look worn out? How about the break pads? If the answer is yes to these two questions, don't buy them!

Also make sure that the wheels are in great condition, otherwise, you have to replace them. Finally, and most importantly, don't go for ultra-fast wheels--you are not ready for these yet. Going for the fast lane all at once is one of the most common reasons why people get hurt while learning to rollerblade. You will find the speed of the rollerblades on the wheels--70 mm or lower should just be fine.

You ought to select a comfortable wheel speed because too fast can mean you will be tempted to speed up beyond what you are capable of. You should also select a good helmet, knee pads and and elbow pads in order to adequately protect yourself.

The best place to start to learn is at home in a carpeted room. Put on the rollerblades and make sure they are tighty laced. Make sure there is a chair in the middle of the room which you can hold on should you lose your balance. You will rarely need it, but still, you need it there just in case. Besides, having that chair there will also bolster your self-confidence.

Now stand up. Don't be afraid. Because you are stepping on the carpet the wheels won't really roll unless you apply some force. The most difficult hurdle in learning to rollerblade is acquiring control of the wheels--on a concrete or asphalt surface they roll pretty fast. On the grass or carpet, however, they don't start to roll unless you push with your feet.

On the carpet, do a step or two. Start with the left feet by moving it forward and pushing a little. Now, do the same with the other feet. Imagine there are two parallel lines on the carpet and follow the line with both feet, one foot at a time.

The whole idea with this exercise is to give you the feel and the confidence of the inline skating process. Your mind needs to be conditioned to the balance in order to have the motivation to carry on. Believe me, you will appreciate that you have done this preparation once you hit the concrete or asphalt road.

Don't hurry up. Take comfortable steps till you reach the other end of the room, then turn around to tackle the other end, and so on. Rest if you must. Make sure your breathing is normal. I have learned that taking deep breaths gives me more force and energy. Do this carpet practice once or twice, or until you feel confident of your body's sense of balance.

Are you ready to tackle the concrete road? Always start with concrete rather than asphalt since the latter is more rollerblade-friendly and will therefore, make you run faster than you want. So let me repeat: Asphalt is not the way to go for a beginner. If you take the risk you will glide by so easily and lose your balance. On the concrete, make sure you also choose to skate on a surface with no rocks or stones-or else you could stumble and fall. Do everything slowly. Picture the road, mentally dividing it into a few portions which you can tackle course-by-course. Make sure you are comfortable with your every move.

Never use force or race when you become impatient-- just let the wheels do their job. A common beginner's error is to go in spurts or to push the wheels too hard. Try to feel the rhythm you acquired from your previous carpet exercise-- left, right; left, right. Glide and slant with the skate a little--notice that as you do so, you cover more distance faster.

Breaking is an art. In order to break effectively, you have to anticipate at which part of the road you are going to stop. Once you know that, break gradually. If drive a car, you'll know what I mean. You don't just break suddenly, do you, unless it was totally unexpected?

Here is how you break with your rollerblades. You have to move the other feet forward, bend the knee a little, press on the heel till the break pad touches the ground-toe up. Once you have mastered the art of breaking gradually, you will not have much use for the break pads--you probably won't even need them anymore.

Now that you have acquired the needed confidence level, it is time to tackle that asphalt road with your rollerblades. Go ahead, you've earned it!

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