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How to Avoid Rollerblading Accidents

Learn how to avoid rollerblading accidents from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

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Hey skaters. Today we're going to talk about how to avoid rollerblading crashes. So, the first thing is, always make sure you have your protective gear on. Wrist guards, knee pads are really important, especially if you're learning how to skate. Those are the two places that you're actually going to fall and hit the most.

When you're actually skating in roller blades, if you feel like you're going down, or your balance is a little bit off, the best thing to do is get everything back in the right place. So that means just, bend and touch your knees and get low. Once you get back in this position everything kind of sorts itself out and then you're always back in the right balanced position. With rollerblading, once you start leaning backwards or to the side, or even front on your toes, that's when bad things happen. So try to keep your core centered and your core tight and engaged in your skating. And keep your legs inside your power box, right underneath your hips.

Again, outside is bad, too close is bad as well. If you know you're going down, the best thing to do is aim for the protection that you have. So try to hit the knee pads and the wrist guards when you hit the ground because that's where your protection is. If you can't do that, and you're just going down, try to hit the sides. But get down as low as you can before you fall. That way you have less area to cover and smaller falls are always better. That way you're less injured. Those are some tips on how to avoid rollerblading crashes. And good luck while you're rollerblading.

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