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Inline Skating

Inline Skating

Inline Skating is the official term for a sport commonly called as “rollerblading”. Inline skating is believed to have started in Holland in the early 1700s as a summer alternative to ice skating. The present form of inline skating began in Minnesota in 1979. The credit goes to Scott Olsen, a hockey player who founded a company called Rollerblade and thus began the “rollerblading” craze. Inline skating was the fastest growing sport in the 1990s.

Inline skating has the following benefits:

· A good aerobic exercise and a good form of cross training for other sports
· It causes less impact on joints
· It is an equal opportunity sport for the whole family
· The risk of injury is quite low with proper instruction and use of safety gear

There are different disciplines in inline skating like downhill skating, park competitions, vert skating or vertical skating. Inline skating requires good balance and speed control, and is not a skill that is easily acquired. Wearing proper safety gear (helmet, wrist guards, and knee and elbow pads) is essential for safe skating and to prevent injuries.

Power Skating

Power Skating is moving on ice in the most efficient manner possible, with minimum effort. Power skating is designed to improve and master skating techniques for ice hockey players. Proper body control and positioning is integral to developing the right form and techniques to play ice hockey. Power skating techniques are important for beginners and professionals alike, because players at all levels need to practice forward, backward and lateral movements and poor habits are hard to break.

Aggressive Skating

Adventurous inline skaters took to street skating and doing tricks on ramps. Thus ‘aggressive’ skating was born. The design of inline skates was modified to suit the needs of aggressive skaters in 1988. The equipment was designed to give more strength and control in aggressive skating. Aggressive skating is for advanced skaters. Street skating involves doing tricks and stunts on curbs, handrails and stairs. Curb launch and grinding are classic street skating techniques.

Roller Skating Rink

There are many issues one needs to consider before opening a roller skating rink. The number of rental skates the business requires will depend on the size of the rink, the city, and the number of rinks in the city. Almost all rinks offer inline and quad style skates. An average-sized rink would be about 18,000 sq. feet, with a skating surface of about 10,000 sq. feet. The size of the rink would depend on the size of the city, and the quality of competition. The skating floor is the central feature of a roller skating rink. Sound and lighting are important features in a roller skating rink. Finance and insurance are other important factors to consider before opening a roller skating rink.

Skating Tricks and Tips

Skating tricks differ according to the different skating types and styles. Aggressive skaters perform stunts like curb launches and grinding. Vert skating or vertical skating is another advanced form of inline skating. It involves skating in a structure called a half pipe, which is shaped like a trough and can rise as high as 2 m (a little more than 6 ft). Skaters ride the curves of the trough to propel themselves into the air and remain airborne for a few seconds. While in the air, skaters can perform a variety of tricks. Launch ramps, obstacles including launch and landing ramps, stairs, curbs, and rails, specially made for in-line skating and skateboarding tricks can be found at designated skating areas or skate parks. The versatility and angle of ramps and box construction allow skaters to practice and perform many different types of tricks.

Taking skating lessons from a certified instructor is important while learning to skate. This is a good way to become a better skater and skating lessons help reduce the risk of injuries while skating. First time skaters must walk around on a flat, grassy surface before attempting to skate on the pavement. Warm up before every practice session and find a large, flat, empty space to practice. Bending your knees is important while skating. Learn to fall right – forward onto your wrist guards and knee pads. Practice the basic skating techniques like stopping and striding and then move onto intermediate lessons like T-stops, slalom techniques, skating backwards, and other advanced maneuvers.

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