First and foremost, protective gear is not an option. When compared to many other sports, inline skating may be one of the safest sports you can choose. But no activity is without risks, and every skater is going down eventually. Protective gear is an absolute must when your time to crash and burn comes, because using these safety add-ons (along with good training) will eliminate most of your injuries and improve the overall safety and enjoyment of your inline skating training and roller sports adventures.
A complete set of protective gear consists of four primary pieces - a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist protectors or guards. Falling on your head is not common, but when it happens the resulting head injuries can be critical, so wear your helmet. Everyone's reflexes make them want to catch a fall with extented hands, so wrist guards become very important. Use of knee and elbow pads has also been shown to reduce injuries and save your knees from road rash.