Roller Skating Association International Encourages Roller Skating as Safe and Healthy Fitness Activity for Youth and Adults for Heart Health Month in February
ArticleType: Press Release
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Every year, millions of children are injured while participating in sports and fitness activities. Many of these injuries could be prevented with careful selection of appropriate fitness activities and the use of safety resources available in many sporting activities. Combined with the fact that nearly 2,200 people die from cardiovascular diseases every day, finding an aerobic activity that is heart-healthy and safe is important for people of all ages.
During the month of February, rinks around the country will be celebrating Heart Health Month and reminding the public that one of the safest sports and recreation activities is roller skating. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has found roller skating twice as safe as the local playground and three times safer than basketball or football – both sports that are championed throughout the country.
Many activities that youth participate in for fitness, such as bike riding, jogging and skateboarding, have outside risk factors including uneven sidewalks, heavy traffic and inclement weather. These unpredictable factors sometimes cause more of a threat of injury than the activity itself. Indoor roller skating eliminates the worry of all of these unpredictable factors.
“Roller skating centers offer fun, safe and well-maintained facilities that allow people of all ages to stay fit, have fun with friends and family, and listen to their favorite music,” says RSA President, Bobby Bentley. “Our member rinks not only adhere to the safety standards and guidelines set by the Association, but they are well-supervised, smoke-free environments that provide skating lessons through our Super Skater Program and Roller Skating Achievement Program to teach all ages how to safely enjoy the sport. We encourage everyone to visit their local roller skating rink not just during the month of February, but as often as possible to reap all of the health benefits that roller skating has to offer.”
In fact, in a major study at UCLA, a team of seven physiologists and psychologists, under the direction of Dr. Allen Selner, tested a group of adults to discover the physical and psychological effects of a regular program of roller skating. “Our results confirmed that roller skating is equivalent to jogging, in terms of its health benefits – caloric consumption, reduction of body fat and leg strength development,” Selner reported. “Roller skating is definitely an aerobic fitness activity.”
Not only is indoor roller skating safe, but it is a great form of exercise that is endorsed by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness as a healthy aerobic activity, and praised by the American Heart Association as an effective form of aerobic exercise that helps to strengthen the heart.
A study conducted at Universitat Konstantx proved that moderate roller skating increases heart rates to 140-160 beats per minute and up to 180 beats per minute at increased speeds. In addition, roller skating has been proven to be equivalent to jogging, burning an average of 330 calories at six miles per hour on a 143 lb person. Increase the speed and the potential is up to 590 calories per hour! Plus, it causes 50% less impact on joints than jogging.
Roller skating is a heart-healthy activity that is encouraged by fitness and health organizations around the globe. This month, learn all about the fitness facts of roller skating and find your local roller skating rink at www.rollerskating.com.
Roller Skating Association International is a non-profit trade association representing skating center owners and operators; teachers, coaches and judges of roller skating; and manufacturers and suppliers of roller skating equipment. The RSA is the leading advocate for one of America’s most traditional and popular sports. As the voice of the roller skating industry, we strive to promote the success of our members by providing education, professional resource tools, and fostering the advancement of roller skating. For more information visit www.rollerskating.com