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Inline Skating Includes Many Disciplines

Learn More About Each of These Inline Roller Sports

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Inline Skating Includes Many Disciplines
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The first inline skates appeared in London in 1760. Since then, they have evolved from transportation, to a substitute for on-stage ice skating, to recreational skating, to fitness skating and eventually to many inline competitive sports are all linked to the development of inline skate technology.

Aside from being the first known roller skates, there is a lot more to inline skating than you think. The first Rollerblades were developed to allow ice hockey skaters to cross-train off season - and these training tools changed the roller sports world. Inline skating styles are developing all over the world, and now they include a lot of traditional and a few very unusual recreational, fitness and competitive disciplines far beyond their inline hockey roots. Some of these skating activities can still be used as short and medium distance green transportation, if road conditions and weather permit. Inline skates will always be a great way to travel from one place to another, especially if there is a scenic view.

Inline skating is a very practical choice for anyone in search of a sport with benefits for both body and mind, because it can be done almost anywhere or anytime - and it is very affordable compared to many other activities. If you are a skate owner who is not dependent on equipment rental skate services, your local paths, parks, courts, driveways and trails will make great free training grounds.

The kind of skating that interests you will determine the type of training, skates and gear you will need. Take a good look at many of the roller sports options available:

You can also get a quick overview of many inline skating sports. If you are not sure that your interests will be dedicated to any one of these specific skating styles, start by building a good foundation in recreational or fitness activities and training. Good basic skills will take you in any direction that you want to roll. If you do not find an inline roller sport that is just right for you, then take a look at the quad skating sports opportunities.

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