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05-04-2013, 10:48 AM
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Not only could it help him in that way, but getting and encouraging that knee bend is vital to in building up proper stride technique and edge control. I'm not a skating instructor or anything, but I believe that the only reason (and it's a big one) that beginner skaters and kids have their laces up tight all the way is indeed for support like you said. If your kid seems to be skating fine with one out, then I would go ahead with that unless you notice a loss of support. It should be the optimal intersection of support and flexibility imo. Being young, he still has time to learn and correct bad habits if need be.

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