Summer is the season of fun, especially for kids who are out of school! It’s the perfect time of year to hit the pool, have a picnic, and enjoy outdoor activities like roller skating. If you or your kids plan to do any skating this summer, check out these skating safety gear tips from your friends at Southwestern Skate in OKC!
Protect Your Head
You may think you have a hard head, but a helmet is still a must for outdoor skating, as well as biking, skateboarding, or riding a scooter. To learn more about the importance of wearing helmets, check out the CDC’s helmet safety information. While there is no “concussion proof” helmet, they are an important piece of safety gear that can prevent brain injuries in the case of serious crash, collision, or fall.
Wrist braces are a great piece of skating safety equipment, even indoors, and especially for anyone who’s learning to skate. While you can certainly fall down at an indoor skating rink, you’re still benefiting from a clean, well-maintained skate floor. When skating outside, you’re more likely to run into hazards like cracks in the sidewalk, sticks, gravel, and other tripping hazards. Wrist braces can protect you if you fall and catch yourself with your hands, reducing the likelihood of a wrist injury.
Knees and Elbows
Speaking of falling, have you ever taken a spill on asphalt or concrete? Outdoor skating surfaces tend to be a lot harder and rougher in case of a fall, which can leave you with painful skinned knees or elbows. Since these areas are often the first to impact when you fall, it’s smart to protect yourself with knee and elbow pads.
Ready to roll? Head over to our Pro Shop to find protective pads for kids and adults. Let us know if you have any questions – and HAPPY SKATING!