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Safety Gear for Rollerbladers

Learn about safety gear for rollerblades from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

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Hey guys, we're going to talk a little bit about safety here right now, for inline and roller skating. Whenever you're skating outdoor, you want to make sure you're protected from head to toe. The first thing is starting off with a helmet. There's all kinds of helmets out there on the market right now, this is a basic helmet by Triple 8, it's got a nice foam padding in there, they come in all different sizes. When you put on a helmet, you want to make sure that it sits down low, and is not moving around like this, right? So it's got to be tight in there, make sure your strap is tight, so that when it hits it doesn't move, so that your brain is protected.

And then for all the other stuff, you got wrist guard. Make sure your wrist guard is nicely fitted upon your palm. You want to make sure when you get your wrist guards, that the palm guard actually fits nicely on your palm, so that if you do fall, it disperses the energy evenly, so that you don't end up bruising palm or breaking your arm little bit further up.

On your elbow pads, you want to make sure that they fit nice and snug. There's all different kinds as you can tell. There's some with pads on the outside, some with pads on the inside, these guys have a little bit of a rubber protection on there so they don't slide, you've got some that have nice velcros around there, so always make sure you try your elbow pads on so they're not sliding on your arm, and if you fall, you want to make sure that your elbow is protected.

For your knee pad, again you want to make sure that it fits properly. There's all kinds of pads that you can use, you can have slide on pads, wrap around pads, you got some that have the protection on the outside with a nice, plastic covering on there, just make sure that your kneecap is in there, so that when you do land on the ground, it doesn't move around, and that your knee is protected.

So those are a couple things for your safety gear, make sure you try everything on before you buy it, and always, always use it with outdoor skating.

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