Inline Skating Drills to Help Prevent Falling
Inline skating can be a scary proposition for a newbie. Their mind starts racing worrying about whether they may fall and how badly they may get hurt as falling on pavement doesn’t usually feel too good. If you have skated before and know how to skate I would stop reading.
Now, if you are a beginner who is afraid to try skating because of your fear of falling or just someone who wants to skate but feels they are to un-coordinated to try it, continue reading. I am here to offer some tips on the proper skating position, braking position, and what to do should you fall and need to get back up.
You can build muscle memory for skating all in the comforts of your own home on carpet. You don’t need to step out on the streets on your first time. You can simply throw your skates on at home, step on the carpet and away you go.
Proper Skating Position
You may have heard that straight legs are great for walking. What you don’t know is a straight leg can cause you to fall and injure yourself while inline skating. To train your muscles for the proper position which would be knees bent simply stand with your feet shoulder width apart in your best posture.
Your spine should be positioned on your natural curves and your spine should be loose and flexible. Now raise your hands to waist level, then without leaning forward push your knees about 5-6 inches and keep your eyes forward and shoulders above your hips and hips over your heels.
To get a proper and comfortable braking position apply the following tips.
1. Get into a relaxed ready position with your knees bent and your hands out in front.
2. Shift the majority of your weight over the skate that doesn’t have a brake on it.
3. Now with the skate that has the brake slide it forward slowly about 8 inches, but keep all your weight on the other foot and form a triangle.
4. Make sure your feet are parallel and around 4 inches apart so your toes point forward.
Repeat these steps several times to get muscle memory for braking.
Getting Up after Falling Down
Now, nobody likes to fall as it hurts and could leave you bloody and broken. A great way to avoid damage is try to control your fall. As you skate if you feel wobbly and think you are about to fall simply lean forward with your hands out, bent at the waist and fall forward. Now you are wearing protective gear so this will minimize any damage and make the fall less nasty than someone who doesn’t do that and falls.
I hope after reading these tips you grab a pair of skates and go rolling because it’s a great workout and a lot of fun.