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02-22-2010, 11:35 PM
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Skraut
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Originally Posted by MJAYK View Post
Something i'd like to say that i forgot to mention in the earlier post, even you are an adult and propably well aware of this:

ALWAYS USE A HELMET!

Even when practicing. I remember slamming the back of my head on the ice when i turned around for some backward's skating and my blade got caught on a hole in the ice. Even i had my helmet on it hurt like hell. My skull would easily had cracked wide open at that speed without a helmet.
Agreed.

As someone who recently started just last summer at age 33, my philosophy from experience is this. There are 2 types of people learning to skate. Those who wear protection, and those who haven't been to the E.R. yet.

I've lost about 45 lbs since I started last summer, and my skating attire is my "fat guy" clothes under which I wear my shin/knee pads and elbow pads. It just isn't worth it to run the risk, and getting used to skating with some/all gear on will help you eventually get where you want to go. Skating in gear also helps you learn a bit faster. You're more willing to take risks and push the envelope and hence learn faster when most of the fear of falling has been taken away.

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