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Step Eight: Gear Up and Take a Lesson!

Inline skating is a safe sport. Its injury rate is lower than those for bicycling and basketball. The use of protective gear can reduce the risk of most inline injuries, which, with the important exception of head injuries, are mainly of the scrape and bruise variety.

It is essential that a helmet be worn at all times. The biggest mistake that a skater can make is to defer the purchase of a helmet. The most vulnerable period for the beginner is literally the first few steps. Purchase a properly fitted helmet when you buy your skates. Always wear it when you skate, regardless of the amount of experience you develop.

Other protective gear is also important. The most frequent injuries occur to the hand, wrist, and forearms. Wrist guards can help you avoid or minimize these injuries. Knee and elbow pads should also be worn.

Take a lesson. Certified inline skating instructors can give you the training to get started properly. Lessons can also help you get better and really enjoy skating. See our Learn & Improve section for more information about taking skating lessons. 

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