Originally Posted by ts01
Inline skates can be SLOWED ... by rolling back and pressuring your heel brake,
This move needs to be very definite, with three distinct components:
Scissor (heel of brake skate is at toe of stance skate)
Engage (brake on ground)
SIT (like on a WC seat)
Eliding any of the above, or merging them, leads to an indistinct stop, aka a gradual slowing.
|or by dragging one skate in a perpendicular "t-stop" behind the other skate.
There are alternatives to sharpened wheels:
- grass stop (walk off)
- spin stop
- front-T stop
- diverging parallel turn stop
- diverging lunge turn stop
- actually, there is a wedging slow-down with hard-enough wheels.
- soccer stop (gooooooal)- knee guards recommended
The diverging parallel and diverging lunge turn are really useful on steeper downhills.
|I've never understood though why folks wear knee and elbow pads.
In a relatively low skating position, an obstacle that catches a skate at speed can drop a skater to the knee pretty quickly unless the skater is amazingly good at weight transfer to the other leg.
Notice also that, in a forward fall, if the wrist contacts but not the elbow (arm rigid) then the shoulder/rotator cuff and clavicle are at risk.