Children are most likely to get hurt because they are just learning to skate, going too fast, skating near cars and traffic or not using safety gear.
A properly fitted helmet helps protect your child's brain from a crash or fall. A head injury can permanently change the way a child walks, talks, plays and thinks. The human skull is just one centimetre thick. A properly fitted and correctly worn helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 80 per cent. This means four out of five brain injuries could be prevented, if every in-line skater wore a helmet.
Bike helmets can be used for in-line skating. A multi-sport helmet may also be used. A multi-sport helmet meets safety standards for more than one activity. Be sure the multi-sport helmet shows clearly what activity it has been tested for. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer.
You are your child's best role model. Everyone should wear a helmet when they skate.
The most common injuries while in-line skating are broken bones and sprains. Wrist guards can help protect children from broken bones and sprains of the wrist and arm. Wrist guards work by absorbing the shock and keeping the wrist from bending back if a child falls. Elbow pads and knee pads may also protect from injuries, but there is very little research to show that they are effective.