Roller skating is an art but braking is one of the main elements in this. Many people enjoying speedy skating with this the braking also important that stops you smoothly not give you a sudden jerk. If you skate at a high velocity and need to brake suddenly then you have to know some techniques so that you can control the acceleration of the skating wheels easily and it never harms you. While you skating your safety comes first so that we tell you how you can stop your roller skates so that you remain safe and sound.
How to Stop Roller Stakes Easily
1: Taking Knee
If you are a beginner and you want to learn to break your skates then it is very easy. For this make sure that you have good quality knee pads and good safety gears. To stop yourself follow these steps
- You have to slowly bend your knees and slightly touch it with the ground
- Then fold your body around the knee to release the impact
- Keep your fingers off the ground so that they never rolled over. If you need then use the clenched fist.
- Use your strength instead of your hands to stand the backup.
2: Use Heel or Toe Brakes
This is also a very easy method. As you know that inline skates have heel brake and quad skates have toe stop. These are the basic common brake to stop the skates. You can use these brakes with your legs scissored one forward and one backward. For using heel brakes you need to apply the brakes forward. To apply brake lift the front foot toes and apply pressure on the brake gently. For using toe stop lift your back leg heel and apply pressure on the toe stop. When you are using toe stop you have to skate backward otherwise you can cause serious damage to your ankle and feet.
3: Perfect Spinout Stop
For this plant, one foot and allow your other foot to draw a big circle around your body in this way to can lose your speed by moving in the circular motion. While you moving in a circle the centripetal force allows you to slow down your skates speed linearly. For this effective brake, you have to plant your dominant foot and allows your non-dominant foot to move in a circle. This is also a very effective method to slow down your speed not come to stop fully.
4: Performing Plow Stop
For this technique, you need to spread your legs more than your shoulder not much that it feels like strain just a little bit spread. As you know that you most likely skate with your feet about your shoulder width so to stop your skates spread your legs more than normal while your skates. Angle your feet like your toes pointing toward the center. When you point your toes the natural tendency of your feet may be to close the gap between them. Not point your toe sharply inward otherwise there is a chance you fall from your skates. Angle them slightly that it seems like you point the center not inward.
When you point your toes the wheels get more friction that will be helping you in the brake. From friction, stopping power comes. But pointing toes not stop you in fact it will slow down your speed. If you want a complete stop them close your pointing toes closer and bend your knees slightly. This thing makes little wobble not that straight and rigid which will not be helping you to get stopped.
Like this closer, your feet like the first wheel of booth skates barely touch each other. Now allow the wheels to touch each other which creates more friction to stop the skates. If you do this touch one or two times you get instant brake but by doing this you have to remain more careful in this there is a chance that you get fell down.
5: Using T-Stop
In this method, you need to bend your knees which also helping you to maintain your balance while you skating. Not bend enough that you get the sitting position you need to bend them slightly that it seem like you are not standing straight. If your height is very tall then you must bend your knees a little more for better balance. Keep moving this, put your non-dominant foot backward and dominant foot forward and both are facing forward. Shift your weight on the front foot which will take good control of your balance. Keep your weight off on your back foot prepare you to move it while performing brake. Lift your back foot and turn it on the sideway not touch your foot on the ground until it get its proper position.
This will make you glide on your front foot. As you turn your back foot sideways this will make the 90-degree angle with your front foot. Place your back foot gently on the ground and apply a bit of pressure on it, not the whole weight. This pressure helps you to get stopped but again not put the whole weight on the back foot just apply little pressure.