skating is beneficial for the body. Like other aerobic
workouts, inline skating increases oxygen uptake,
increases your heart rate and burns calories. It also
increases muscle tone to the hips, buttocks, thighs and
calves. There is also the added plus of being able to
enjoy the nice weather and not be trapped inside a gym.
any new form of exercise, there is equipment that must
be purchased and preparations to be made to ready
yourself before you begin.
you put on your skates, you should have all the
protective gear ready; the helmet, wrist guards, knee
and elbow pads. Safety equipment is best when used all
Helmets- Head injuries can be severe. If you
are thrown in a fall, the helmet protects the head from
serious injury. Helmets if worn correctly can prevent
fatal head injuries. Skating helmets are the same as
bicycle helmets. They should fit securely on the
forehead and be buckled tightly underneath the chin.
Wrist guards-Wrist fractures are the most
frequent injury to the arms with inline skating. With a
fall, the natural thing to do is to hold out your hands
and brace the fall. Wrist guards support the wrists and
absorb much of the force of the fall to protect the
wrists from sprains or fractures. According to the
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 87%
of reported wrist injuries could have been prevented had
proper protective equipment had been worn.
Elbow pads- Protect during a sideways fall.
According to the NCIPC, 82% of reported elbow injuries
could have been prevented had proper protective
equipment been worn.
skating is not as easy as it looks. If it were easy and
risk free, there would not have been 102,911 emergency
department visits for related injuries in 1996. Before
you set off to skate it is important to take a lesson or
two. It could mean the difference between having fun or
Chicago Skate Patrol assists skaters through education
on skating safety, getting proper assistance with
injuries and promoting safe use of the lakefront trails
for all participants. They are a not-for-profit
volunteer organization dedicated to help inline skaters.
They provide free skating lessons at Oak Street Beach
every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM from
Memorial Day through Labor Day. Look for the bright red
banner. For more information on Chicago Skate Patrol
visit their website at:
or you can call (312) 747-4823 for more information.
Once you have completed your lessons, inline skaters
need to find safe areas to skate. There are designated
areas along the lakefront. Some bicycle paths allow
inline skaters,check first before you skate. Be aware of
bicycle riders when sharing the same path. When skating
on the streets, do so where there is no heavy traffic
and follow the rules of the road. Be polite and
courteous when you skate always yield to pedestrians.