In-line skating

Recognize that injuries are particularly common in novice in-line skaters, roller hockey players, and those performing tricks. 

  • Wear full protective gear at all times, including a helmet, wristguards, elbow pads, and knee pads. Properly fit all equipment to the child
    or adult and ensure that it is certified by a recognized standards organization such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Snell or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Skaters performing tricks need heavy duty protective wear. 
  • Use dead-end streets or cul-de-sacs, streets that are blocked off to traffic or bicycle lanes or paths. Novice in-line skaters should practice first in a protected area before heading out to the street. 
  • Do not attempt tricks if you are inexperienced. 
  • “Truck-surfing”, sometimes called “skitching” should be prohibited no matter what the level of experience. 
  • Carefully consider the type and fit of the in-line skates when they are purchased. Ensure they are appropriate for the person’s size and ability. 
  • Have an experienced teacher provide instruction on appropriate reactions and proper stopping and falling techniques. 
  • People with large-muscle motor skill or balance problems and those with any uncorrected hearing or vision deficit should skate only in a protected environment, such as a skating rink or outdoor skating area, where the in-line skater is either alone or away from motor vehicle or bicycle traffic, and where all skaters and pedestrians travel in the same direction.