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What can you do to prevent inline skating injuries?

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The risk of becoming injured while inline skating is greatly minimized by wearing the proper safety equipment, not skating in traffic before understanding the skills needed to maneuver properly, warming up before skating and avoiding skating in crowded areas. Inline skaters who buy skates that fit properly also decrease the risk of accidents and injuries.

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What can you do to prevent inline skating injuries?
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Skates that put a significant amount of pressure on any single area of the foot can cause blisters. Because feet grow as a skater trains, the best time to try on new skates is directly after a workout. The skates should be snug, but not uncomfortable. A person trying on skates should also wear the same kind of sock that she would wear when skating. If a skater's heels move up and down while skating, she will have less control when turning and stopping and will be more accident-prone. Blisters are also more likely to appear due to the rubbing of the heel within the skate.

Those who choose to skate in crosswalks or sidewalks should follow the same safety precautions as other pedestrians. Regardless of where a person skates, she should wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist protectors. This equipment can protect against injuries as minor as scraped knees and as major as concussions.

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