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Old November 29th, 2018, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default PVC Trainers White Picket Fence..CRASH!

Sunday night I brought my wife to Holiday Skate Center. The place was busier than usual so I skated slower and holding hands with my wife. The floor thinned out a little for the moment and I turned myself loose from my wife. Shortly after a young girl about 13 took me by my hand and decided that she wanted to skate with me a while. She said that her name was Amanda and that she had been taking skating lessons on Saturdays. She was in the advanced class and she skated very good and suggested I join.

Amanda finally unlatched and I was able to put myself in turbo which I like to do before I leave to get my exercise. I was speeding around the corner with long extended crossovers to launch me fast into the straight-away. In a blink of an eye, two PVC Trainers with young kids closed in on me to form what looked like a white picket fence across the rink. I had nowhere to go because the trainers had taken my only clear pathway between a wall of people to my left and to my right.

As soon as my knee barely touched the fence, I leaped over head first and did a roll and tumble to prevent anything from breaking. I saw disco lights and people going around in circles as I was tumbling. I heard my brand new Riedell Raven skates slamming and clunking and sliding and scraping across the wood floor. I completed the roll and tumble and managed to get myself quickly back on my skates in almost a stunt like act while wobbling and continuing going forward. And here comes Amanda skating quickly up to me to see if I was ok and giving me a high five with a look like OMG this old man must be SuperMan or something because he should have broken in pieces and hauled off in a stretcher.

I was scared to see what my boots looked like when I returned to the bench to remove them. I noticed that both toes of my boots were scuffed up. It looked like burnt marks from sliding on the wooded floor. I was so bummed out about my new skates. If I had toe guards on, they would have been saved. I'm already looking into getting me some new skates and these will now be my stunt devil skates.

I worked out with weights most of my life, so basically, muscle was bouncing around and cushioning my fall. I was just concerned about the young girls safety behind the long PVC fence and did not want to collide with them. I did what I had to do to make sure nobody got hurt. ( What I would like to do is haul off all those @*!* trainers to the dump at no charge to make sure nobody else gets hurt ) I just need to stop skating recklessly and be more responsible where kids are concerned...to be honest. Lesson learned.
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Old November 29th, 2018, 09:55 PM   #2
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That's an amazing stunt. Too bad the rink can't give you a video of it. Glad you are OK; you can still get the toe protectors and cover the scuffs - problem solved.

I'm lucky enough to have 3 possible Adult nights a week with a 1/2 hour drive. No fence problems.
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Old November 30th, 2018, 03:06 PM   #3
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you won't see the PVC POSs going away anytime soon. They're a money maker for rinks, as they usually charge a decent amount ($5) for a period of time, not the whole session.

I agree that they are a serious hazard. That's why when I skate public sessions, I usually do adult nights, 18+ years of age. You won't see them at these sessions.
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Old November 30th, 2018, 07:06 PM   #4
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Old January 16th, 2019, 11:34 AM   #5
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Sunday night I brought my wife to Holiday Skate Center. The place was busier than usual so I skated slower and holding hands with my wife. The floor thinned out a little for the moment and I turned myself loose from my wife. Shortly after a young girl about 13 took me by my hand and decided that she wanted to skate with me a while. She said that her name was Amanda and that she had been taking skating lessons on Saturdays. She was in the advanced class and she skated very good and suggested I join.

Amanda finally unlatched and I was able to put myself in turbo which I like to do before I leave to get my exercise. I was speeding around the corner with long extended crossovers to launch me fast into the straight-away. In a blink of an eye, two PVC Trainers with young kids closed in on me to form what looked like a white picket fence across the rink. I had nowhere to go because the trainers had taken my only clear pathway between a wall of people to my left and to my right.

As soon as my knee barely touched the fence, I leaped over head first and did a roll and tumble to prevent anything from breaking. I saw disco lights and people going around in circles as I was tumbling. I heard my brand new Riedell Raven skates slamming and clunking and sliding and scraping across the wood floor. I completed the roll and tumble and managed to get myself quickly back on my skates in almost a stunt like act while wobbling and continuing going forward. And here comes Amanda skating quickly up to me to see if I was ok and giving me a high five with a look like OMG this old man must be SuperMan or something because he should have broken in pieces and hauled off in a stretcher.

I was scared to see what my boots looked like when I returned to the bench to remove them. I noticed that both toes of my boots were scuffed up. It looked like burnt marks from sliding on the wooded floor. I was so bummed out about my new skates. If I had toe guards on, they would have been saved. I'm already looking into getting me some new skates and these will now be my stunt devil skates.

I worked out with weights most of my life, so basically, muscle was bouncing around and cushioning my fall. I was just concerned about the young girls safety behind the long PVC fence and did not want to collide with them. I did what I had to do to make sure nobody got hurt. ( What I would like to do is haul off all those @*!* trainers to the dump at no charge to make sure nobody else gets hurt ) I just need to stop skating recklessly and be more responsible where kids are concerned...to be honest. Lesson learned.
Anticipation..... and wrist guards!
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Old January 16th, 2019, 03:44 PM   #6
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Quick thinking move. Another choice would be to grab an armful of kid & trainer as you smash into them and carry everything to a stop.
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Old January 17th, 2019, 01:32 AM   #7
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Wow. Nice move. I don't know if I'd be agile enough to do that anymore.

I did however do it in the past. But on a mountain bike. It was very stupid of me. 2 poor choices. I went down a difficult rocky downhill I hadn't done in months, on a brand new mountain bike I was unfamiliar with. Long story short, I planted my front wheel, and knew I was going over the bars. I spotted a fairly smooth flat rock, and just like you, did a picture perfect roll. The only thing I noted in my mind as I stood on my feet was, I REALLY did impact hard on my right shoulder. Is it gonna be OK? No. It wasn't. Separated shoulder. Just so stupid of me. But, it could have been worse if not for my old martial arts training and a good roll.
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Old January 17th, 2019, 07:22 PM   #8
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rufusprime99, I’m a biker, too. Mostly city riding. I did a roll while crossing a railroad track at a 45° angle. Stupid, no? The rail grabbed my front wheel and I did an endo over the bars. This happened very quickly and was totally unexpected. I first put my hand down to break my fall and direct me onto my right shoulder and then I rolled across my back and did another half a roll before stopping. I was lucky to be going slow at the time. I got a small cut my hand and knee, but otherwise OK. Lesson learned: rolling works.

My wife works at a pharmacy. She tells me stories of people who come into the store with black eyes, bandaged head, bandaged noses, broken jaws, face raspberries – all because they slipped/tripped and landed on their head. Their head! One lady even landed on her nose. This triggers me. I go off on a rant when she tells me these stories. Believe me, that would be THE LAST part of the body to land on. Sure, weird accidents do happen, but I would try to protect my head at all cost. Chin down, hands around my head, twist around, anything but land on my head. The most serious accidents are from head trauma. Most of these “face first” people are old and prolly have slow reflexes, or drunk or heavily medicated, but not all of them. Some are college students and sober middle-age people. What’s up with that? Anyway, this shows the importance of learning to not fall on your head. So heads up skaters. Learn to roll away the impact, and fall safely. Also, fierocious1 is right: wrist guards. You instinctively put your hands out when you fall. It’s automatic.

Hey, it was interesting to read about the bike accident. I think I’ll post a few of my skating accidents up in the Main Skating Forum. I might get more responses there.
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Old January 17th, 2019, 08:17 PM   #9
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BigFoot I have done well with falls, basically my whole life. The summer between 6th grade and 7th, they had a Kempo class at a local Park Gym. This was a Japanese style that essentially was a merge between Judo and Karate. Punching, kicking and throws. Took it over the summer, and a couple of months into the school year before I quit. So I learned to fall and roll. That learned skill has stayed with me my whole life, and served me very well.

One good example was a Friday at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. I was skating forward kinda quick, which in itself is unusual as I usually skate backward, and I had some kind of brain fart, crossed my right foot over the left and was going to do a face plant. I turned in mid air and hit, very squarely, on my upper back. I was pretty happy that I hit square, because I really did hit hard. No harm, no foul. After though, I was really happy I turned to my back, because, no joke, I did hit HARD. That would not have been good if I stayed facing forward.
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Old January 17th, 2019, 09:24 PM   #10
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was going to do a face plant. I turned in mid air and hit, very squarely, on my upper back. I was pretty happy that I hit square, because I really did hit hard. No harm, no foul. After though, I was really happy I turned to my back, because, no joke, I did hit HARD. That would not have been good if I stayed facing forward.
The best part is you landed on your back without smacking your head. Seen that too many times recently with regulars skating backwards. One with a pool of blood, one was knocked out for a few minutes, another feeling numbness in extremities half a year later. Extremely scary stuff.
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