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Skating and Multi-Tasking Really Don't Mix

By August 5, 2008

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Micro sized electronic devices allow music, videos and movies, databases and communications to travel everywhere with us. But, there are some things that just don't mix with inline skating - unless you are on a rest break. Help reduce the amount of unnecessary rollerblading accidents that ER physicians currently deal with:
  • Donít send text messages or make cell phone calls while skating.

  • You definitely should not watch that movie on your small electronic video gizmo.

  • The blackberry can wait until your next pit stop.

  • If the GPS doesn't talk to you, stop or at least slow down to peek at route instructions.

  • When skating in an urban setting or any location where hearing oncoming traffic might be helpful, don't wear the headset for any electronic device - or keep at least one ear free.
Any call, message or music or entertainment that breaks your concentration or restricts your hearing while skating is an accicent waiting to happen. Leave the miniature office in your fanny-pack. The tiny entertainment must be limited to one ear and no eyes while skating or doing any activity that requires physical coordination combined with some of your brain.

O.K. I've done my duty, and I hope that that most inline skating readers didn't need to hear it.


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