Inlineskating / Rollerblades

Sportsinjuries and diseases of the shoulder


Skating, Inliner and shoulder

About 60.000 to 100.000 inlineskaters are having an accident every year - in the European Union. That are about 20 accidents on 100.000 inhabitants. Mostly young people - between 10 and 20 years of age - are affected by such an inlinskating trauma. It often happens on the school yard. The main reasons are inadequate balancing and bad coordination. So, inlineskating protectors, training of good coordiantion and balancing are crucial to prevent inlineskating injuries. Collisions with other ( car, pedestrian, bicycles ) happen sometimes, but not that often. In about 50% of all cases it is a fall onto the outstretched arm.
Most inlineskating rollerblading injuries occur at the upper extremity / arm, followed by head injuries. Most frequent are sprains of muscles and tendons at the arm. Fractures and dislocations of the shoulder are rare performing this sport. Further, tears of the rotator cuff including bony fractures of the cuff insertion have to be taken into consideration.
1. Technical equipment is important and should work without any failure.
2. Quality of the skates should be adequate to your skating experience and capabilities. No professional skates for beginners.
3. Use the stoppers. Don´t take them off. Skating without stoppers is advisable for experienced inlineskaters, only.
4. You should learn inlineskating / rollerblading. There are skating schools / training courses for it.
5. You should wear a long shirt and long trousers. Protectors are able to reduce injuries up to 80% !!
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