Cardiorespiratory: Aerobic

Fitness Benefits



Muscular Strength

Muscular Endurance

Body Fat Recution

Fitness Requirements



Muscular Strength

Muscular Endurance


Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip adductors and hip
abductors (gluteal muscles, tensor fasciae latae). Assistance muscles: erector spinae, abdominals and obliques

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Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.054 Calories
per minute per pound of body weight!!

Roller skating is a great activity which can be effective in improving
cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular endurance. It requires relatively good
balance and coordination. Roller skating can be done with either traditional
roller skates which have two sets of side-by-side wheels on each skate, or the
newer in-line skates which have wheels lined up one behind the other, or
"in-line". It is necessary to learn the basics of skating including
turning and stopping and to wear protective gear to avoid possible injury.

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Roller Skating Warnings

Remember to consult a physician before engaging in this activity if you
have had problems in the past with your knees, lower back, hips/pelvis, or

Roller Skating Risks

Muscle strains of groin or calf

Ankle, knee, shoulder, lower
back, elbow or wrist sprains from falls or collisions

Bruises, cuts, or lacerations
from falling

Roller Skating Equipment required

Skates: different wheels for
different terrains, single wheel or double; serious skaters usually purchase
boots and wheels separately; in-line skates, commonly referred to as
rollerblades, are very popular today

Protective gear includes
helmets, knee and elbow pads and gloves

Roller Skating Applicable substitutions

Ice skating

Nordic (cross country) skiing


Roller Skating Reference sources, organizations and publications

International In-Line Skating

U.S. Amateur Confederation of
Roller Skating

Where to find a roller rink near you.

US Roller Sports

Roller Derby

Gotham Girls

LA Derby

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