Plenty of people love using rollerblades for exercise, but for others, skating is more than a hobby— it’s a sport. Roller derby is a chaotic sporting event that’s sometimes called football on wheels. Teams of women race around a circuit, trying to lap the other team to score points. The Fabulous Sin City Roller Girls compete right here in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for a unique night on the town, watch for their next big event on August 30, 2014.
Of course, most people use rollerblades for fun and exercise. However, you can sprain your ankle just as easily skating for fun as you can racing around a rink for roller derby. Conditioning your lower limbs can help you avoid sprains and stay safe while skating:
- Ankle circles – Sitting with your feet in front of you, rotate your ankles both clockwise and counterclockwise in a circle.
- Calf raises – Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly rise onto the balls of the feet as high as you can. Hold for one second, then lower to neutral and repeat.
- Shin raises – With your feet shoulder-width apart, raise your toes off the ground as high as you can. Hold for a second, then lower to neutral and repeat.
- Balancing on one leg – Stand on one leg without holding on to anything for balance. Try to hold for 30 seconds before switching legs. When that becomes easy, extend your time to a minute. Then do it with your eyes closed, or on an unstable surface like a pillow.
Be sure to stretch your Achilles tendons and calf muscles regularly as well. Warm up before putting on your rollerblades, and cool down after you take them off. All of this will help condition your ankles to handle the strain of skating so you’ll be less likely to develop sprains.
If you’re concerned about your ankles at all while you’re active, contact us here at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas NV. Call (702) 839-2010 or use our online request form to reach us.