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Monday, May 20, 2013
According to the NSC’s research, in the summer…rollerblading…has the highest fracture rates per weekly hours of exposure. And the wrist is the most commonly injured body part.
So here are some safety tips to help keep you safe: 
·        Check your skates before starting out.
·        Know your limits. 
·        If you haven't skated in a while, start off slow.
·        Watch out for others!   
·        Watch where you skate! 

Before starting out, check your skates; know that the wheels are on tight, and that they are in good condition.

Know your limits. Sometimes ones physical abilities are pushed further than they should be. So if you haven’t skated in a while - take it easy - until your body adjusts to the rigors of exercise.

Watch out for others. Just yelling WATCH OUT doesn’t mean that people will be able to get out of your way quick enough. A good idea would be to carry a whistle. Blowing a whistle will warn others that you’re coming their way. Don’t get road rage, its counterproductive here. If necessary, Be Prepared to Stop, don’t run them down. Running into people with your rollerblades can cause serious injury.

Watch where you skate, because when rolling around, there are many interesting attractions to see, and this may distract you from watching the road. So be sure to watch out,  even for small rocks, potholes or even cracks in the sidewalks. Even small obstacles can cause rollerbladers to fall. 

Also, take precautions to avoid heat stroke.

According to NIOSH, heat stroke occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. When this occurs, body temperature can rise to 106° F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends:
·        Drink two to four cups of water every hour.
·        Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
·        Wear light colored clothing…
·        Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen with an SFP of 15 or higher.

After taking these safety precautions into consideration, enjoy rolling around town. Whether you’re doing it for fun, or doing errands, PLEASE STAY SAFE.

Barbara Martin 1 Comments
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