Protective Gear: What do I really need?
Whether you skate casually or aggressively, nobody should risk injury from skating when most skating injuries are preventable, or at the very least greatly lessened through proper use of protective gear.
The go-to items that we recommend first are the wrist guards and knee pads. If you think back to the last time you fell for any reason, how did your body react? Most will find that they put their hands up to protect their upper half and their knees out to protect the lower half. That is why we recommend those the most. Wrist injuries are the most common, and also most frustrating injury as we use our wrists constantly each and every day.
You can also purchase elbow pads which are super useful if you find you fall backwards more than forwards, because when you do that, you will likely land on your elbows and your bottom.
Lastly, the helmet is unfortunately a very overlooked piece of protective equipment, but such a good investment! Most brain injuries are preventable with proper protection.
Injuries can still occur no matter how much protective gear you wear, but just like a seat belt will help in the car, a good set of pads will keep you must safer on wheels!