I love going rollerblading with the jogging stroller, for all those mom’s out there looking for a great exercise with your kid, this is it!! I am lucky enough to live near a path that runs along the parkway to the beach, it is smooth and mostly flat except for the three overpasses you have to cross, but they do give you a boost of speed on the way down. Downhill can be a little scary with the stroller at first but as long as you know how to stop on your rollerblades you should be fine, it also helps if you have a brake on your jogging stroller which I don’t, but if I could go back in time I would buy one with a brake.
Today I rollerbladed 6.5 miles on this path, passing many other rollerbladers, bikers and joggers. What I noticed about the rollerbladers is that 90% of them lacked safety equipment (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards). I wear it all, in the pic above I am missing the wrist guards and helmet but I have since purchased a new helmet and wrist guards so when I rollerblade I am fully equipped with all appropriate safety gear. I may not look pretty and it may be stiflingly hot with the gear on but it will help prevent serious injury. Plus you’ll burn a few extra calories as your body tries to cool you off.
It amazed me that out of the 20 or so rollerbladers I saw only 2 were wearing helmets and only about 5 had on the padding and wrist guards. Rollerblading can be dangerous and by wearing safety equipment you can prevent some major damage that could occur if you fall.
Safety Tips for Rollerblading
- Learn to stop: Learning to properly stop while rollerblading will help prevent many injuries. If you come to the end of a path and can’t stop you are going to be in big trouble. When I first began rollerblading over 10 years ago I made a point of learning how to properly stop so I wouldn’t find myself crashing into people, cars, bikers, trees or anything else. Stopping can be difficult, one way is to bend your knees and lift your right toe to engage the brake, learning this is key. There are many other ways to stop but I find this way the most effective. I had a friend that I used to rollerblade with and she had no idea how to stop and wasn’t interested in learning. Basically every time she needed to stop she used to through her self down on people’s lawns, not the best way especially if there are no lawns around. Take the time to learn how to stop, it’s important.
- Wear Safety Equipment: This includes a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. All of these pieces of safety equipment are essential to keep you safe if you fall, crash or are hit by a moving vehicle. I have experienced two falls myself while rollerblading, luckily I was not injured too severely by either one nand I have my safety gear to thank. Both falls happened on a paved path at a park near my house when I hit a stick that got caught in my wheels. The first fall I flew off the path into the dirt, my wrist guards saved my wrists but I did scrape open my thigh because I was wearing shorts. It could have been worse. The second fall occurred at the same park at about 6 am, this time I did sustain a broken tailbone when my feet were basically swept out from under me, but without the helmet I was wearing it could have been a lot worse. When I hit the stick my feet were swept out from under me and I fell hitting my tailbone, head and shoulder. My helmet protected me from cracking my skull against the concrete, saving me possible stitches or a concussion. The last story I will tell is about a friend of mine who was rollerblading on the street without a helmet. He ended up falling, hitting his head against the curb basically cracking his skull in half. He needed almost 1000 stitches in his head, needless to say he does not rollerblade without a helmet anymore. People always think it can’t happen to them, until it does, you are better off safe than sorry.
- Rollerblade on a smooth path: When possible rollerblade on a paved path in a park, you will be less likely to have an accident. Rollerblading on gravel in the street can be dangerous in itself because of all the rocks, but also the cars pose a real danger especially if you lose your balance and fall in the street. If you must rollerblade in the street pick side roads without a lot of traffic and be sure and follow the rules of the road.
Rollerblading is a fun way to get your exercise fix, just remember to wear your safety equipment, stay alert and follow the rules of the road.