The primary roller skates were in-line styles made up of wooden spools joined to a wooden board, and was called ‘skeelers’. In 1743 an actor apparently skimmed onto a London stage wearing a pair and in 1760 John Joseph Merlin, a Belgian inventor, enhanced the thought by using iron three wheels made of wood, iron, or ivory and later made with five-wheeled version called the ‘Volito’. An American developed the conventional roller skate model, with the wheels positioned next to the other, and it turned into the skate of choice.
In the 2010 Asian Games, Anup Kumar Yama came won bronze in the men's single free skating long programme. The Indian contingent won 30 medals at the 14th Asian Roller Sports Championship in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. An Indian schoolboy, Rohan Ajit Kokane holds the world record for Limbo skating. The roller skating rink at The Rink Pavilion in Mussoorie is one of the largest and most historic rinks in India.
Benefits of Skating:
- Skating is a lifetime fitness sport, well-suited for both children and adults
- Helps development of motor skills, balance, agility and coordination
- One hour of skating a day burn 300-600 calories
- It causes 50% less stress to joints than running
- Builds strength and increases muscle endurance
- Skating works most on muscle groups: Glutes, Quads, Abs, Calves and Arms
- Increase the average skater’s heart rate from 140-160 beats a minute
- Skating reduces stress, boosts mood, and improves ability to concentrate
- Roller skating is recognized and recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an aerobic fitness sport
- In-line skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling
- Improves social skills, mental health and boosts confidence
- Improving lung capacity has been proven to help increase the overall life span.
How to do Skating:
Skating is nothing but traveling on surfaces with skates. It’s a type of recreational activity as well as a sport. Skating is squatting, implying that when you skate your body should be as low as possible to the ground for maximum balance: knees bent and shoulders marginally forward. Hands are best kept low and in front. The simplest method to start skating is to walk like a duck, toes pointed out, and heels together so that your skates are in a v-shaped position.
Skating at Gamepoint
Professional coaching in skating is offered at HITEC and Hayathnagar branches of Gamepoint by coaches.