The Basics of Roller Skating
Hello, my name is Albee, a professional skater and a member of the Kenya Roll-ball National Team. Throughout my skating life, I have seen so many people struggle to make a decision on whether to include skating in their fitness programs or not. Most of the parents too are skeptical about whether to allow their kids to start skating or not. The most pertinent questions asked in regard to roller skating include; what do I need to start skating? Is it really safe? How long will I take to learn how to skate? In the current post, I will provide answers to these questions based on my experience as a professional skater.
- What do I need for skating?
There are three important things for skating that I call a ‘skater’s starter pack’. You need to have a pair of skates, a helmet and a protection set (guards) for knees, elbows and wrist/palm. The protection kit is very important because it cushions the skater from impact in case of falls hence minimizing injuries.
2. Is roller-skating safe?
According to a study that was conducted by scholars from the University of Massachusetts, it was discovered that roller skating is a low-impact exercise that provides about 50 percent less impact on knee joints compared to running when done on a smooth surface. In addition, beginner skates are equipped with low-speed bearings to minimize falls hence making it safe. With regular training, you will find how fun, easy and safe skating is.
3. How long will I take to learn how to skate?
Well, the answer to this question depends on two things which include; your determination to learn and your consistency in practicing. On average, it can take you a week to gain balance on skates and be able to make simple movements such as forward skating, back skating, turning and braking. However, for you to be able to achieve this, you need to have a coach or an experienced skater to guide you in your practice sessions.
Finally, skating is a fun sport that is suitable for all people given its numerous health and fitness benefits. It is a safe sport, therefore, you do not have to hesitate to commence your training sessions or visit our store at the HUB Karen during our monthly initiation sessions for free training.