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 Mode

Cardiorespiratory: Aerobic

Fitness Benefits

Cardiorespiratory

Flexibility

Muscular Strength

Muscular Endurance

Body Fat Recution

 

Fitness Requirements

Cardiorespiratory

Flexibility

Muscular Strength

Muscular Endurance

Coordination/Skill

 

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

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.

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 ankles.

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

Jogging/running

 

Roller Skating Reference sources, organizations and publications

International In-Line Skating Association (IISA)

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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