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Basic Inline Skating Skills Are Essential

A Good Foundation is Important for Every Inline Skater


Basic Inline Skating Skills Are Essential
© 2007 Carlesa Williams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

In addition to equipment, your inline skating activities will require some basic information and a set of fundamental skills. Once this knowledge is stored in your brain, and the technical skills become habits in your muscle memory, you will be ready to branch out into many skating activities or the specific inline roller sport of your choice. Use this overview of techniques for balance, stance, falling, getting up, walking, stopping, striding and scooter pushes as a checklist of the skills that will become your inline skating foundation.

All Skating Begins With a Solid Foundation

Basic skills are your foundation for good skating and safe inline roller skating activities. Your first priority is to make a committment to learning and using the fundamentals of skating.

You Will Need a Good Skating Stance

Balance, stance and posture baseline are names used to describe the positions that will keep inline skaters on their feet. Focus on the specific stances for balance on inline skates, and eventually they will become a habit that will help develop proficiency, promote safety and increase the level of enjoyment in your inline skating.

There Are Safe Ways to Fall on Inline Skates

Even with good stance, you will eventually fall. But, falls do not have to be out of control, and a good skater can have safe landings. Learn how to fall safely, and prepare for falls with practice.

Learn the Correct Way to Get Up From a Fall

It is just as important to learn how to get up on inline skates as it is to learn how to fall. Once this is mastered, you will have a lot more confidence to proceed with other skating techniques on inlines.

Your Duck Walk Won't Always Be a Waddle

Your first forward skating movement will be the duck walk on inline skates. This waddle with a little glide is the beginning stroke for new inline skaters.

Basic Striding Begins With a Little Push

Basic striding will begin when side push is added to your duck walk.The first few attemps may be a little shaky, but with practice this will begin to look and feel like inline skating.

V-Stop or Snow Plow Stop On Inline Skates

Once you are rolling in any way shape or form, slowing down and stopping become essential to your inline skating. The v-stop or snow plow stop are the first recommended stopping techniques for inline skaters who are not moving fast.

Use the Heel Brake for Stopping

Most inline skates feature a brake mounted on the heel of the right skate. There are many variations on the inline skate brake, but most work the same way. Learning to properly use this brake is one of the safest ways to slow down or stop at any speed for new skaters.

Scooter Pushes Will Help Build Your Stride

Scooter pushes are more than just a great warm up exercise. Use them as a tool to help take your basic striding to the next level of gliding on one foot with each stroke.

Level Two Striding

The second level of striding is the same as basic, except the feet are closer together and there is a one-foot glide instead of a two-foot glide between the pushes. When you can hold each stroke on one foot for a relaxed count of three while striding, you are ready to move on to Intermediate Techniques and enjoy recreational skating activities.
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