Guide to safety gear for inline skating

Photo of author
Written By Anson

Helmets, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads are all pieces of the same puzzle. To get the the big picture, wear ALL the gear.


Helmets help prevent injury to all areas of the head. To be effective, the helmet must fit securely and must be buckled, with the front of the helmet coming down to just a finger’s width above the eyebrows. Helmets should be ANSI-, ASTM-, or SNELL-certified or approved by another nationally recognized standard. Head injuries are the least common inline skating injuries, but they can be the most severe.


Inline skating, or rollerblading, is a popular activity enjoyed by people of all ages. While it is generally a safe activity, there is always the potential for injury, especially to the knees. That’s why it’s important to wear knee pads when inline skating. Wearing knee pads can help protect you in the event of a fall, and can also help prevent scrapes and bruises. They can also help cushion your knees when you land after a jump.

There are a variety of knee pads available on the market, so it’s important to choose the ones that are right for you. You’ll want to consider the size, the level of protection they offer, and the price. You may also want to consider the style of the knee pads, as some are designed to be more discreet than others. If you’re new to inline skating, or if you’re considering taking up the sport, be sure to visit your local skate shop to get fitted for the right pair of knee pads. And, always skate in a safe area, away from traffic and other hazards.


Elbow pads give incremental protection during a sideways fall. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found that failure to wear elbow pads accounted for 82% of reported elbow injuries.


Wrist protection should incorporate hard plastic which allows the skater to slide on the pavement during a fall. The sliding action reduces the force of impact. The wrist is the most commonly affected body part in inline skating falls, but 87% of reported wrist injuries could have been prevented had proper protective equipment been

+ posts

My name is Anson Nakamura and I have been inline skating for fun for 18 years. My friends and I skate at our local skate park and we just love to skate. I have been a big fan of the sport since I was a little kid. I started with a pair of Rollerblades that I got from a garage sale. I was terrible at first, but I kept at it and eventually I got pretty good.  Now, I can do all sorts of tricks and I love skating more than ever.  There's nothing quite like the feeling of cruising around on your skates, wind in your hair.  f you've never tried skating, I urge you to give it a go. It's an incredible feeling and you might just get hooked like I did.

Leave a Comment