Proper Roller Skate Training

07 November 2016 Hits: 3267 Written by Bfunkphenomenon
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Proper Roller Skate Training.

Within all varieties of roller skating disciplines, the one thing that stands out is the importance of proper technique.

 If that is not your main focus, you will either get stuck mentally and physically, or get seriously injured.

I often illustrate this in the following terms: if you cant swim, you cant play waterpolo. Meaning so much as you absolutely have no business being in the water or on the water, if you dont have any decent swimming skills  or serious trouble is waiting to happen. The same thing basically goes for roller skating.

Therefore, constructive training and good explanation of roller skating techniques are focused on two key elements:

  • A.      Using  full potential of a technique

A technique is usually a pattern of movement, which brings you from one stance or position to another. If you get sloppy in executing the pattern or neglect to align the whole body (including the arms), you will lose all potential of the technique or move. You will also use way too much energy than essentially is needed, which will wear you down pretty fast. Benefitting full potential will make it much easier to connect and combine different techniques, thus reaching a comfortable state in a relatively short learning time. This comfortable state of moving or being  is also referred to as flow motion.

  • B.      Avoid and prevent harm and injury in the short and long term.

The human musculoskeletal system is an intriguing piece of art with remarkable adaptive and self-regenerating capacity. It needs to be put to work on a regular basis, to stay healthy and in shape and to store impressive potential. Long periods of inactivity are no good for anybody. And of course acute trauma as a result of tripping or falling down can clearly be pretty harmful.

But careless and thoughtless moving around can be very damaging in the long run too; wrong stances or posture, using too much power, neglecting good form, all these things put a lot of strain on the joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles and can cause damage on micro level. By the time the pain sets in, the damage has gone beyond micro level over a longer period of time and sometimes beyond the point of repair.

~ Good form is not only about executing a technique in the best way to preserve its full potential. It is also about using the body in its most efficient and safest way to prevent injury. ~

 


Roll Position

When rolling in upright position, roughly there are three main basic variations of posture:

  • Forward lean or speed mode

Low stance, hip in unlocked position, upper body leaning forward, body weight ratio front and rear leg anywhere between 70-30 to 100-0.

  • Neutral stance

Mid to high stance, upper body straight, hip close to lock position, bodyweight ratio around 50-50.

  • Control stance / back seat

Mid to low stance, upper body straight, hip in locked position (forward thrust), bodyweight ratio front and rear leg, anywhere between 30-70 to 0-100.

 

Training an endless variety in range and combinations, will make you a versatile and skillful roller skater in just about any discipline.

A skilled instructor will be able to recognize physical abilities or limitations and either work around them with suitable alternatives or take your skills to a next level.

 

Roll Position

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