Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing and clothing is becoming thicker. There is no doubt fall is upon us, with even our tires shivering out air from the cold. Here at Skate Moore we love everything about fall from Halloween to Thanksgiving and all of the fun in between.
However, today we are here to talk about a different kind of fall: the one you try to prevent while on roller skates. Falling on roller skates is what most people try to prevent. We are here to tell you that there is no way to prevent it completely. We are also here to teach out how to prepare for a fall, which will help prevent injury.
Did you know there are certain ways to fall to help prevent injury?
Falling backwards can cause injury to your head, tailbone, neck and/or back. Whereas, falling forward can cause injury to your face and everything on/around it.
The Art of Falling
Here is the BEST way to take a tumble while roller skating:
- Keep the body slightly forward
- Sit down using one side of your buttocks and a thigh
- Do not sit back too far and put your tailbone in jeopardy
- It is almost the same technique as a safety stop in ice skating
It is important to remember that there is no way to prevent a fall, so make sure to wear all proper safety equipment. Because of the simple fact we just mentioned, it is important to practice and prepare. We know it may sound crazy to practice falling on roller skates, but intentionally falling will help a ton when it actually happens.
Perfecting the Fall
So, how do you practice falling? We are here to give you some tips to master the art of the roller skate fall:
- Go through the steps mentioned above in your backyard without skates on. This will help your body get used to the motion.
- Now, practice the fall in your backyard with your skates on.
- Now, practice your fall while skating slowly.
- Increase speed as you practice.
- Once you feel comfortable, incorporate your fall practice into your skating.
We hope your fears of falling on the skating rink will fall away with our tips and tricks above. If you want to come practice with us, check out our open skate times and pricing. We will be closed on October 31st to celebrate our spooky staff and give the ghosts and ghouls a chance to roller skate. Also, make sure to stay up to date with our special events page for theme nights and events to show off your new skating (and falling) skills. Our next special event is Fall Late Skate from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on November 1st.