How Early Can My Child Begin In-Line Skating?

In-line skating requires good balance and speed control; as a result, it is not a skill easily or quickly acquired, especially by young children. In-line skating also requires judgment and the ability to avoid obstacles, such as bicyclists, pedestrians, and other skaters.

Pros & Cons Of In-Line Skating


Good aerobic exercise. Inline skating burns more calories than bicycle riding and almost as many as jogging

Growth Of In-Line Skating

According to the National Sporting Good Association (NSGA), 13.1 million people participated in in-line skating in 2006. The International In-Line Skating Association puts the number higher, at almost 30 million; half of them under the age of 14. Inline skating was the fastest-growing sport in the 90's. Half of all inline skaters were under the age of 18.

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