Hi, this is Rachel Cook, on behalf of Expert
Village, and today I’m here to talk about roller skating, more specifically, how to
stop. So, once you’re moving forward, one of the scariest things is stopping, obviously.
What you need to make sure, is again, that you’re in this very comfortable stance, that
you’re not solid like a robot, your arms aren’t straight to your side, make sure that you’re
comfortable, that your knees are not locked, that your arms are slightly to your sides,
slightly bent at the elbow. Then, what you can do is, there are two ways of stopping.
The first one is to drag the stopper that is on the front of your roller skate slightly
behind you; this will slow you down, ever so slowly. You can chose to apply firmer pressure
to the stopper to make you stop a little faster or a little less stopper to slow down instead
of stopping immediately. Beware of stopping to quickly; you can often fall when stopping
too fast. Another option of stopping, which is excellent, and I highly recommend this,
it’s called the T stop, and what that is, is you slowly drag your dominate foot, that
being either your, if you’re right handed or left handed, typically your leg is the
same, your dominate leg would be whichever hand you normally use, so for me it’s my right
leg. So, what you would do is, using your feet, make a T shape, so you would bring your
dominate foot behind your non-dominate foot, in the shape of a T and you would drag it
ever so slightly, just the two inside wheels, and this will bring you to a nice gentle stop.
It helps you slow down, it’s more controlled and you are less likely to fall by using the
T stop. It is the one that I highly recommend and roller bladers and roller skaters alike
often use the T stop as the optimum method of stopping.