Safety and Comfort: The Main Reasons to Wear Skate Protective Gear


Inline and roller skating are considered to be two of the safest sports for both children and adults. Compared to bicyclists, inline and roller skaters have more control over the speed of their movement, which is why more bicycle riders than skaters end up injured in emergency rooms. However, inline and roller skating accidents can occur, especially if the skater is a beginner or performs complicated and dangerous tricks.

In order to eliminate or reduce the risk of getting injured while you cruise your hometown’s streets and sidewalks as well as increase the enjoyment of your skating sessions, you should wear skate protective gear. Read on to find out what the most important pieces of skate protective gear are.


Every inline and roller skater’s protective gear should include a helmet. The helmet needs to fit the skater’s head comfortably and be buckled or fastened properly (the chin strap should be positioned snugly around the skater’s chin) so they can relax and enjoy the ride fully. Experts say that inline and aggressive skating helmets are the best option for all skaters because, thanks to their design, they can protect the whole skull. Bike helmets can be used as well.

Knee and Shin Pads

A knee pad, as you may already know, is the piece of skate protective gear that will prevent knee injuries and scrapes in case the skater falls. Just like the helmet, the knee pads need to be fastened securely around the skater’s legs in order to avoid any discomfort and prevent them from sliding out of position. Beginners and aggressive riders should also wear shin guards in order to keep their lower legs well protected. Keep in mind that shin guards are effective only when they are worn properly.

Elbow Pads and Wrist Guards

Elbow pads and wrist guards are the last two pieces of skate protective gear both beginners and aggressive skaters need to wear. According to Sports Medicine Australia’s inline skating fact sheet, wrist/forearm fractures, wrist sprains, and hand/finger fractures are the most common inline skating injuries, which is exactly why elbow pads and wrist guards are so important. Today, most elbow pads and wrist guards offer extra cushioning behind the plastic shell and come with a wicking material that reduces sweat and moisture.

Aside from wearing proper protective gear, you should also wear bright or reflective clothes on gloomy days. Skating in skate parks and on trails rather than on roads and streets is another smart way to avoid getting hurt.