Posted on Apr 06, 2017
Posted in: Healthy Lifestyle
During my research I found a great piece on the site Health Fitness Revolution titled “Top 10 Health Benefits of Skating”. For the sake of space I am going to bring you my favorite four:
If you are interested in skating, but the last time you strapped on a pair of skates was 7th grade, you might want to know some of the different varieties so you can pick one that works best for your needs.
Speed Skates-These are exactly what they sound like, skates built for speed. They are low top for easier cornering and have wheels that are designed to spin faster.
Outdoor Skates-They are similar to speed skates with the exception that they have a “softer” wheel allowing for a smoother ride over uneven terrain.
Inline Skates- There are several varieties of these, but the type most people use are recreational skates. They feature a high boot for foot and ankle support. They are usually more comfortable than Speed or Roller Hockey inline skates allowing you to skate longer distances.
Of course you wouldn’t be complete without a helmet and protective pads.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, most people are itching to get back outside. While winter may be done with us, we still have to deal with those April showers. Roller skating is versatile and can be done indoors as well as outdoors. If open skate at the rink isn’t your thing, our area boosts a number of paved trails that are great for getting your skate on.
St. Abby von Shanks (AVS)- “I was a 3 sport athlete in high school and wanted to get back into a team sport. I was watching TV when a documentary, “Roller Girls”, came on. It looked like fun.”
Derrierness (D)- “I saw the sport on a morning show and realized I knew the lady that had started the league. I had not skated in 17 years when I signed up.”
AVS- “I attend 7 hours of practice a week.”
AVS-” Core, balance and leg strength. You also need upper body strength for bracing. People think derby is skating, it’s more like a combination of hockey and NASCAR.”
D- “Cardiovascular endurance is key, one of the league requirements is being able to skate 27 laps in 5 minutes. Being strong mentally is also a must, when you’re skating your 27 laps and you feel like your lungs are bleeding you have to be able to focus and keep going. Also, you will get hit. Be prepared- my job is to knock you on your butt.”
D-“Torn ankle tendons, broken nose, 2 concussions and a dislocated coccyx”
AVS- “My foot dislocated causing me to fracture my ankle in three places. It required some plates and screw to put back together.”
D- “I think the general public remembers the roller derby of the 1970s, and thinks we’re staged like WWE. We are not staged. Roller derby is less like skating and more a collision sport like hockey.”