Sports Safety: The Manual Every Parent Needs

In-line Skating

Most Common Injuries

Broken wrists or forearms, bruised knees, facial cuts

Preventive Measures

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Insist that your child wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and gloves. Have him take a lesson while learning to skate; this is when injuries are most likely to occur. Make sure the lesson includes instruction in how to stop properly. Encourage him to practice on a smooth, flat surface. Tell him to go slowly until he can skate with control and can avoid colliding with objects.

Often-Overlooked Safety Move

Be sure the brake isn't worn down, making it hard to stop quickly. And make it an absolute no-no to hang on to the back of a moving car while skating -- a highly dangerous practice called "skitching"; this can result in serious injury.

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