With the hot and scorching summer days almost behind us and cool fall approaching, parents nationwide are finding great alternative outdoor activities for their children to ensure they get a good dose of daily exercise while simultaneously having fun. One of the top new favorites for parents and children everywhere is the old time classic sport, roller-skating.
Roller skates for kids have been modified for appeal with up to date designs, but the skate itself holds true to the traditional model. There is a wide range of types of skating to fit every child’s behavior and skill level and there are even different types of skating categories such as outdoor skating, speed skating, etc. For every beginner skater, especially children, it is important to wear the correct protective gear to ensure that if a fall occurs all possible injuries will be avoided. The standard gear will consist of a helmet, skate socks (to prevent chaffing from the skates), and of course, knee and elbow pads. Skating can be a wonderfully exciting and healthy activity, but with any sport it is important to take every safety precaution needed.
When purchasing skates for children you may want to start off getting roller skates, as opposed to roller blades, due to the easier ride provided with the thicker skates on a roller skate. Because the wheels are thicker and positioned accordingly to provide the most amount of stability and balance that can be expected, roller skates have been found to be an excellent starting point for children of all ages and skill levels. Another key factor in deciding which skate is best for your child is the breaks. Breaks are a significant piece of the roller skate design; roller skates will have stoppers on the bottom front region of the shoe while roller blades with have their stoppers in the rear bottom part of the shoe. It has been found for many children that the breaks located in the front bottom region (like that on the roller skate) have been preferable and make stopping much easier.
The best part of roller-skating is that it can be a year round sport. There are roller rinks just about everywhere that make skating perfect for those hot summer days or cold winter ones. If your child happens to love roller-skating this fall, get ready to grab a pair of skates yourself and get in on some of the fun!
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