Health, Fitness and Safety
Here's a generous collection of articles on safe skating, getting in shape, how to
identify and prevent injuries, and a sports medicine.
Standard for Helmets
Got an old helmet? It may not be as safe as newer models. Effective Feb., 99,
all bike helmets sold in the United States must meet new federal safety standards.
Pollution and Exercise - Do They Mix?
Find out the risks different types of pollution (ozone or smog, vs. carbon monoxide) pose,
especially if you're a street skater in or near a large city.
Acids Aid in Recovery After Exercise
Leucine, an amino acid found in protein-rich foods, can help to jump-start the
post-exercise protein metabolism process.
Friendly Sports - Inline Skating
Great way to get the exercise we all need and not trigger your asthma!
Be Safe, Be Seen
Here are ways to make yourself visible to others when skating. The tips apply not
only to night but day skating as well, from InLineNow.com
Does an Energy
Bar make a Meal?
A Power Bar is probably healthier than a cheeseburger but if you look at the label, you
might be surprised at how high in fat and low in fiber they can be.
Warn: Ease Into Hot Weather Workouts
Drink plenty of water and above all else, acclimatize, by getting your body used to the
special demands of hot weather.
Read medical responses to FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) related to fitness and sports
injuries. If you can't find the answer, "Ask the Doctor".
and Veggies may Improve Lung Function
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables appears to improve lung function, according to
results of European mean published in the journal Thorax.
Get a Little
Balance in Your Life
Everybody knows good balance is crucial for inline skating. Dan
describes how to improve yours through six simple exercises, both with and
for as Little a $10
If you think helmets are too expensive, think again. Get an ASTM-approved helmet for as little as
$10. This offer expires Dec. 31, 1999.
For those curious about how helmets are safety-certified, here are the specs. used by many
committees who develop those standards.
Hovering Over the
Liz Miller's latest Orbit newsletter explaining how she learned to safely
slalom hills without a heel brake and translate what she learned into magical mogul skiing.
Staying hydrated is key during exercise, especially in warm weather. Hydra-backpacks
and bladders keep those liquids flowing effortlessly while inline skating.
Injury Prevention Tips
Many inline skating-related injuries can be prevented if skaters wear proper safety gear
and avoid risky skating behavior.
Skating Vs. Skateboarding
According to one study, inline skaters suffer fewer severe or critical injuries than
skateboarders. Those wearing helmets fared even better.
I've Fallen and I
Can't Get Up
Although nobody wants to fall, this article provides some good information on HOW
to fall, if you do, and how to get up afterward!
Just for Kids
Special links compiled just for the younger skater, including events, camps and articles.
The Sports Doc. has a descriptive medical dictionary of sports-related injuries.
Heart Rate Formula Published
Calculate yours now without on-line calculator.
all Energy Bars Created Equal
Choose your energy bar carefully. Some products may cause a spike in blood
sugar, while others may provide a lower energy boost.
Food bars/gels conveniently fill the energy gap while inline skating. And for
you roller cooks, there's even a recipe to make your own!
Pregnancy and Skating
Inline Skating, Pregnancy and Postpartum - Should I or shouldn't I? This parenthood
Web site discusses the pros and cons.
Protective Gear is a
If you haven't yet donned a helmet or wrist/knee pads, this Mayo clinic article with facts
to backup the statistics, will help to convince you why you should.
Simulate various snow conditions on Roller Skis on the pavement. Options are
available to limit your speed and work on specific techniques.
Skater Survey Results
Some interesting facts are revealed by 383 individuals responding to an online survey on
the use of safety equipment and injuries by experience level, age and gender.
Skating Endurance Linked to Amount of Muscle Blood Flow
Affecting elite speed skaters and weekend warriors alike, skating in the
customary crouched position restricts blood flow to the leg muscles, which can
lead to the muscle fatigue. In-line skating enthusiasts who want a long
workout but suffer from muscle fatigue and soreness can avoid the pain by
skating in an upright position.
Injury Rate Jumps With Experience
The good news? The sport is becoming more popular. The bad news? The
more popular a sport becomes, the higher the number of related injuries.
Skating Safely - Night
Lights and Reflective Gear
Skating safely at night, seeing and being seen, can be accomplished more easily with the
"Safe Skating's a Snap, when you Remember to SLAP." No, this isn't some
new kind of punishment skate, just a few tips on how to skate Smart, Legal, Alert and
Linked to Amount of Blood Flow
It affects Elite Speed Skaters and Weekend Warriors Alike. Find out how In-line
skating enthusiasts who want a long workout but suffer from muscle fatigue and soreness
can avoid the pain.
Sports injuries are especially common after a winter of inactivity. These tips will
keep you healthy as you head outside after a long winter's nap.
Your Lower Back and Abdomen
One simple exercise will strengthen these muscles required for distance skaters or the
Stretching: Doing It and Doing It Right
Zooming down the boulevard on inline skates can be exhilarating. But before you
embark on these or other physical activities, stretching is a must.
If you want to know how it's done on inline skates, it's probably here: from basic and
aggressive techniques, different ways to stop, skate; backward, downhill, dance, grind,
and slalom, etc...
Strain? Muscle spasm? Overuse? Athletes can do more harm than good by treating
injuries incorrectly. Find out how to properly identify and treat injuries
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Consumer information on product safety, recalls, etc... including specific sports-related recalls.
Cuts Need Emergency Care?
Most skaters eventually experience the inevitable fall. Browse this article's list
of which type of cut needs medical professional care, vs. those you can self-treat.