Inline skating injuries

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Written By Anson

Injuries are fewer than other sports, nevertheless any skater should learn ways to protect themselves

1996 Inline Skating Injuries – All Age Groups

Total Injuries in 1996: 102,911
Most Frequent Sites of Injury 
wrist: 24.2 % of total injuries
lower arm: 13.5 % of total injuries
Most Frequent Injuries 
fracture: 40.8 % of total injuries
strain, sprain: 21.5 % of total injuries
Most Frequent by Type and Site
fracture of wrist: 14.4 % of total injuries
fracture of lower arm: 11.0 % of total injuries
strain/sprain of wrist: 8.1 % of total injuries
total: 33.5 % of total injuries
Source: National Electronic Injury Surveillance Survey

1996 Percent of Total Injuries by Location
(alphabetized by body part)

Ankle6.7%Leg (lower)3.8 %
Arm (lower)13.5 %Leg (upper)1.1 %
Arm (upper)0.7 %Mouth1.2 %
Elbow7.6 %Neck0.8 %
Eyeball0,2 %Pubic Region0.8 %
Face7.1 %Shoulder4.2 %
Finger5.5 %Toe0.2 %
Foot1.0 %Torso (lower)5.1 %
Hand3.6 %Torso (upper)1.8 %
Head4.1 %Wrist24.2 %
Knee6.8 %Other0.5 %

Source: National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS)

Inline Skating:

  • Head and face injuries account for 11,000 injuries each year. 4
  • Over 100,000 inline injuries are incurred each year. 5
  • Inline skating injuries can be prevented in 90% of circumstances. 6
  • The likelihood of visiting the hospital is 1 in 25 every year if you participate in inline skating. 7
  • 2/3 of skaters do not wear any safety equipment. 8

General safety measures, at three levels, to protect yourself while inline skating.

Primary Countermeasures* Pre-season conditioning and fitness program
* Adequate warm-up and pre-skate stretch
* Cool-down and post-skate stretch
* Skater code of conduct (for example, learning the rules of
the road)
* Wearing bright or reflective clothing if riding at night
* Equipment factors (for example, ensuring proper fit and
condition of skates, fit of helmet, wrist guards, knee and
elbow pads)
* Environmental factors (for example, keeping paths free of
obstacles and debris, choosing a flat course, UV
* Skating instruction, especially for beginners, and training
of instructors
* Adequate supervision of children and novices
Secondary Countermeasures* Wearing protective equipment (for example, helmet, wrist
guards, knee and elbow pads)
* Skater code of conduct (for example, obey the rules of the
road, yield to pedestrians)
* Keeping speed in check
Tertiary Countermeasures* Prompt access to quality medical care and first aid
* Availability of first aid equipment on site
* Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral (RICER)
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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.

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