Q:  My child wants inline skates – how do I get the right ones?

When choosing inline skates (new or used):
  • The boot should be well fitting
    • Make sure to try on the skate with socks similar to those that will be worn to skate
    • To be safe, the boot should be snug and supportive, but not tight
    • Try skates at the end of the day when the foot tends to be the biggest
    • Make sure the heel seats fully back in the skate before buckling
  • Inspect the skate for damage
    • The wheels should spin freely
    • The buckles should all be working
    • Never do home repairs or modifications to inline skates

Q:  My child has new inline skates – how can I help my child avoid getting hurt?

Prior to using inline skates unsupervised - teach your child to
  • Wear a well-fitting helmet and safety gear
  • Know how to stop and to fall.  Practice these things in an open, safe environment.
  • Practice with the assistance of a railing or an adult to provide support
  • Crouch to lower the center of gravity, helping with balance and lessening the energy of a fall
  • Fall on the fleshy parts of the body and roll after a fall
When your child is ready to enjoy skating without direct supervision – remind them:
  • Never skate where there is car traffic
  • Announce that you are approaching pedestrians from behind
  • Avoid surfaces unsuitable for skating (grass, sand, gravel, or debris)
  • Never skate with a headset which may block the warning of a horn, siren, or traffic noise
  • Never “skitch” or be pulled behind a bike or vehicle while on skates
  • Don’t skate in poor visibility- rain, dusk, dawn or after dark.

Q:  What type of safety equipment should my child wear to inline skate?

  •  A well-fitting helmet that does not interfere with vision or hearing
  • Wrist guards
  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Long pants and a long sleeved shirt – abrasions are the most common injury from falls