Helmets help prevent injury to all areas of the head. To
be effective, the helmet must fit securely & must be
buckled, with the front of the helmet coming down to just
a finger's width above the eyebrows. Helmets should be
approved by nationally recognized standard. Head injuries
are the least common inline skating injuries, but they can
be the most severe.
Knee pads should be used as the first point of impact
dispersion in the event of a fall. Pads should be securely
fastened around the leg so that they do not come off
during a slide. By redistributing the force of a fall,
knee pads also minimize the risk to elbows & wrists.
Elbow pads give incremental protection during a sideways
fall. The National Centre for Injury Prevention &
Control found that failure to wear elbow pads accounted
for 82% of reported elbow injuries.
Wrist protection should incorporate hard plastic which
allows the skater to slide on the pavement during a fall.
The sliding action reduces the force of impact. The wrist
is the most commonly affected body part in inline skating
falls, but 87% of reported wrist injuries could have been
prevented had proper protective equipment been worn.