A Blog Written By Skaters for Skaters
Do you remember this classic roller skate advertisement?
Why did Fisher Price take this angle on safety when they wanted to boost boys roller skates sales? Because 9 times out of 10 kids slip out and fall straight to their bottoms when they’re learning how to roller skate.
This was a brilliant way of combining humor with safety and it performed better than the usual fear appeal/scare tactics that are commonly used in advertising today. Wait a second, “Where are the kids that fell”? That’s the best part!
But kids falling on skates is no joke and it’s always better to prevent than protect. In other words, use these essential safety products to part ways with bandaids this summer!
Wrist guards protect the palm of the hand and the wrist from injuries caused by falling and sliding. It’s instinctive to use your hands to break your fall and a pair of wrist guards gives you a piece of mind.
Atom Armor line is the smallest, derby specific, roller skating protective gear on the market today. For those looking for maximum airflow, lightweight, affordability and maneuverability, choose Atom Armor.
A super essential safety item is knee pads, especially during the first learning curve.
You only get two knees so don’t wear them out! The 187 Killer FLY pads are ultra protective, comfortable and durable for a long life of healthy knees.
They come in a variety of sizes but we recommend X-small and small for kids 12 and younger.
The funny bone is not so funny when you come crashing down on it!
Generally speaking, kids with pads are more confident and learn to skate much quicker. Falling is a major part of the learning process and getting hurt doesn’t make learning any easier.
In fact, it tends to deter kids away from learning to roller skate. So grab some elbow pads if you want the full out protection for your child and here is our most popular protective trio-pack:
Save over $30 with this 3-pack. The knee pads and elbow pads are made of high grade durable fabrics, EVA Foam padding and polycarbonate full coverage caps to provide superior protection with high density impact-resistant molded ABS splints on front and back of wrists for support. This 3-pack is ideal for recreational skating, inline skating, rollerblading, outdoor skating and all roller sports.
Check out this link here for a detailed list of the state helmet laws!
Helmet laws can be useful, but given the problems with enforcing them they will probably not work well in most places until more riders have accepted the need for wearing a helmet. So we favor a stronger push for voluntary usage than for passing new helmet laws, and our Web site has always reflected that attitude.
What do you think? Should there be laws that require us to wear helmets? Let us know in the comments below.