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SKATE SAFETY

The Detroit National Skate Patrol strives to ensure that inline skating remains a fun and safe activity for skaters of all levels through attention to the three components of safe inline skating:

  • Proper equipment, including quality, well-maintained inline skates, helmet, wrist protection, knee and elbow pads
  • Skill development, including a program of qualified instruction
  • Using common sense by skating in a safe environment, always skating under control, and remembering the IISA "Rules of the Road"

The various pieces of equipment work best when used in conjunction with each other. For instance, if you're not wearing knee pads and you happen to go down, you could increase the impact on your wrists as a result of trying to protect your knees. Full protective gear allows you to control a fall so as to emerge unscathed.

It's important when skating regardless of your level of ability to be safe and wear the correct equipment, see below.

HELMET
Helmets help prevent injury to all areas of the head. To be effective, the helmet must fit securely and must be buckled, with the front of the helmet coming down to just a finger's width above the eyebrows. Helmets should be ANSI-, ASTM-, or SNELL-certified or approved by another nationally recognized standard. Head injuries are the least common inline skating injuries, but they can be the most severe.
KNEE PADS
Knee pads should be used as the first point of impact dispersion in the event of a fall. Pads should be securely fastened around the leg so that they do not come off during a slide. By redistributing the force of a fall, knee pads also minimize the risk to elbows and wrists.
ELBOW PADS
Elbow pads give incremental protection during a sideways fall. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found that failure to wear elbow pads accounted for 82% of reported elbow injuries.
WRIST PROTECTION
Wrist protection should incorporate hard plastic which allows the skater to slide on the pavement during a fall. The sliding action reduces the force of impact. The wrist is the most commonly affected body part in inline skating falls, but 87% of reported wrist injuries could have been prevented had proper protective equipment been worn.
 

 

 
 

 
 
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