Doctors: Roller Shoes Injuring Kids

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Trendy wheeled sneakers that let kids zip down sidewalks, across playgrounds and through mall crowds could also send them rolling into emergency rooms on a stretcher, say doctors who blame a rash of injuries on ... Full Story
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Frank

Duluth, GA

#2 Jun 4, 2007
It takes some pretty stupid parents, to buy these things and turn kids loose. They are asking for a trip to the Emergency Room. If they send the kids to school and they crack their skull, are they going to try and sue the school?
Finally Enough

Hampton, GA

#3 Jun 4, 2007
Finally someone sees that these Heely's are dangerous and bothersome to people who are trying to grocery shop and there kids flying past you with basically with skates on. I have two children and they both wanted those shoes but I wouldn't buy them because shoes are supposed to be made for walking or running not skating. There is a time and place for skating and the proper thing to ware while skating.I myself have seen many kids hurt with these type of shoe and also I feel it is disrepectful to people who are trying to shop. Do you know that Heey's cost about $70.00 to $100.00 I personally if I'm going to spend that kind of money on shoes it will be something my kids can ware all time. Those shoes are also very heavy can't be good for children to carry that extra weight on there feet. BAND Heely's atleast from shopping centers!
Munchkins Mom

Northbrook, IL

#4 Jun 4, 2007
As far as the comment made by the High School Freshman, stating that kids are not going to want to wear a helmet to school. Here is a news flash for you, "Heely's have no place in school".
I was nearly knocked down in Publix by a kid who had these on. He thought it was funny, but I was quick to tell him , while he was standing by his Mother, that he had no business rolling thru the store in those.
Pam

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Jun 4, 2007
I think Heelys are fine. My kids have a pair. Heelys are just a repeat of what I had when I was growing up know big deal.
Parents need to be responsible and teach
their children when and where to heely.
Lorin Thwaits

Mesa, AZ

#6 Jun 4, 2007
There's lots of people spooked by these shoes. I'm 37, and have been heeling for the last 4 years. It's phenomenal in airports when you've only got a few minutes to try to make a connecting flight. And most parking lots as well. Granted that it takes some patience while you're learning to "get the hang of it", but after becoming proficient I find it to be an excellent timesaver. Don't be fooled with how simple it looks, it ends up being moderate exercise. You can really only go maybe 50% faster than walking on most sidewalks due to all the cracks. In Wal-Mart or Costco where there's a nice surface you can get up to about twice walking speed in an 100% safe manner. I walk 100% in the busy sections at the front of the store or aisle intersections, and heel in the empty aisles to make my way to the back of the store.(Seems like everything you really want is always in the back of the store, right?) It really is 100% safe. I've never run into anyone.

The #1 question I get asked when I'm heeling: "wow, where did you find a pair in your size?" They're available on eBay or at Mervyn's and Big 5 sports. Remember that there's a significant learning curve involved here, and you'll build up ankle muscles you never knew you had. But after you're practiced up, it's an excellent way to get around.

For all those naysayers: with something that's currently this popular with the youth, and has the potential to make the everyday commute easier, there's a good possiblity that it won't die out like the hoola-hoop. I expect that in another decade these heely-proficient youth will still use the shoes to get around. I recommend going out and trying it for yourself to see what all the fuss is about before you blindly try to get the shoes blacklisted.
taylor simpson

United States

#7 Jun 4, 2007
Finally Enough wrote:
Finally someone sees that these Heely's are dangerous and bothersome to people who are trying to grocery shop and there kids flying past you with basically with skates on. I have two children and they both wanted those shoes but I wouldn't buy them because shoes are supposed to be made for walking or running not skating. There is a time and place for skating and the proper thing to ware while skating.I myself have seen many kids hurt with these type of shoe and also I feel it is disrepectful to people who are trying to shop. Do you know that Heey's cost about $70.00 to $100.00 I personally if I'm going to spend that kind of money on shoes it will be something my kids can ware all time. Those shoes are also very heavy can't be good for children to carry that extra weight on there feet. BAND Heely's atleast from shopping centers!
well that is mean thats what yu think i i am a kid that love helis they are shoes and skates just bencuase4 other kids dont use them right dont mean that others should not be ponishes thank yu very much.
Uh okay

Northbrook, IL

#8 Jun 4, 2007
Lorin Thwaits wrote:
There's lots of people spooked by these shoes. I'm 37, and have been heeling for the last 4 years. It's phenomenal in airports when you've only got a few minutes to try to make a connecting flight. And most parking lots as well. Granted that it takes some patience while you're learning to "get the hang of it", but after becoming proficient I find it to be an excellent timesaver. Don't be fooled with how simple it looks, it ends up being moderate exercise. You can really only go maybe 50% faster than walking on most sidewalks due to all the cracks. In Wal-Mart or Costco where there's a nice surface you can get up to about twice walking speed in an 100% safe manner. I walk 100% in the busy sections at the front of the store or aisle intersections, and heel in the empty aisles to make my way to the back of the store.(Seems like everything you really want is always in the back of the store, right?) It really is 100% safe. I've never run into anyone.
The #1 question I get asked when I'm heeling: "wow, where did you find a pair in your size?" They're available on eBay or at Mervyn's and Big 5 sports. Remember that there's a significant learning curve involved here, and you'll build up ankle muscles you never knew you had. But after you're practiced up, it's an excellent way to get around.
For all those naysayers: with something that's currently this popular with the youth, and has the potential to make the everyday commute easier, there's a good possiblity that it won't die out like the hoola-hoop. I expect that in another decade these heely-proficient youth will still use the shoes to get around. I recommend going out and trying it for yourself to see what all the fuss is about before you blindly try to get the shoes blacklisted.
Not all parents are going to teach their kids responsibility when it comes to proper use of these shoes. That is what's wrong with kids today, too many parents are concerned with being their kids friends instead of being a parent and looking out for their best interest. So what that they are the " in thing ", kids have to learn they can have everything they want.
SCM

Riverdale, GA

#9 Jun 4, 2007
There are signs posted on most businesses that clearly state no skates....why is it that these shoes are not comsidered "skates". That's basically what they are. If you want to buy them for your kids...go ahead. But please teach them that there is a time and place for using them for purposes other than walking. Having to go shopping is stressful enough without having to almost get knocked over. Unless you're my two year old cousin who DID get knocked over in the store because some mother let her child just skate through the store unattended.
Finally Enough

Hampton, GA

#10 Jun 4, 2007
To Taylor Simpson, yes that is what I think and everyone has a right to there own opinon. But it's not the kids fault they don't know how to use them it's the parents not teaching kids to respect others in public places. And if kids have Heely's they should do it in proper places. I have to children and they love to skate they are on a inline speed team but they skate at the skating rink not in stores. I just feel that they are dangerous because parents don't pay there kids any attention and they either get hurt or run into someone. So maybe don't band Heely's but atleast parents teach your children safety and take your childern somewhere more appropriate. Thank you very much!!!!
Finally Enough

Hampton, GA

#11 Jun 4, 2007
To Uh Ok - Amen
Finally Enough

Hampton, GA

#12 Jun 4, 2007
No big deal that kids are breaking their bones and one death.
Carrie

Lawrenceville, GA

#13 Jun 4, 2007
I bought my daughter heelys for her birthday and I walked with her and helped her balance for months until she got used to them. She looks at where she is using them and knows what types of ground are easier for her and which cause her to trip. I don't think that we should blame the shoes we just need to pay attention to our children.
Carrie

Lawrenceville, GA

#15 Jun 4, 2007
Pay attention to your kids teach them safety first. Also teach them manners. There are thousands of children's deaths each year from all sorts of toys and play things all i can say is get off your cell phone and PAY ATTENTION to your child.
Jennifer

Carrollton, GA

#16 Jun 4, 2007
I completly agree that the shoes are a danger to not only the kids wearing them but to other people and children around them. There are alot of things that are "cool" but aren't safe, so why are these parents still letting their children wear them. It's your childs safety, who cares if your child is mad about not having those awful shoes.
Christy

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Jun 5, 2007
Finally Enough wrote:
No big deal that kids are breaking their bones and one death.
Do you have any idea how many kids go to the emergency room from bicycle accidents? How many children have been killed riding a bicycle? So should we ban all bicycle usage? It is not always the toy that is so dangerous, it is the operator. I agree that there is a time an a place for Heely's but I have been injured in a shopping environment buy kids just running (no skates) and by pushing shopping carts. One shopping cart caused me three stiches that a child was pushing while running. The bottom line is parent supervision on anything kids do.
Christy

Alpharetta, GA

#18 Jun 5, 2007
Carrie wrote:
Pay attention to your kids teach them safety first. Also teach them manners. There are thousands of children's deaths each year from all sorts of toys and play things all i can say is get off your cell phone and PAY ATTENTION to your child.
Sooooo True!
Get Realistic

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Aug 29, 2007
To "Finally enough". Take a chill pill lady. Theres right and wrong ways to use millions of differnt kinds of products. As long as kids are in proper places with proper supervision let them live life to the fullest. Sure Heely's can break bones and cause death. Swimming in a kiddy pool can cause death or injury too; if you don't teach your kids to swim and ignore them, they'll drown. That motto should go for the Heely's or whaterver. It's not the Heely's causeing accidents, it's the lack of parenting that is causing these acidents. I agree with Carrie's quote aswell.
Toni Frank

Holland, MI

#20 Dec 14, 2007
When i wear my heelys,i see other kids wear there's and i think they are always carefull...as long they don't run into other people. U have to be carefull when you are in a store and you have your Heelys on in a store, make sure youstop and look both ways of isles in case if people are coming. If you don't,you are going to get run over. So remember when you are in a store look to see if anyone is coming so you won't get run over. i think it would be a safe thing to do for myself and for you.
Retired Teacher

United States

#21 Dec 14, 2007
taylor simpson wrote:
<quoted text> well that is mean thats what yu think i i am a kid that love helis they are shoes and skates just bencuase4 other kids dont use them right dont mean that others should not be ponishes thank yu very much.
Taylor, bless your heart, I'm sure that you are a nice kid, but, judging by your post, you need to spend a little more time studying your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Every time I see a child on Heelys, I am frightened that they will injure themselves or others. Frankly, if my children were still at home, there is no way they would ever have a pair of these things.
Jane

United States

#22 Dec 14, 2007
My daughter begged me for these darn things... I said NO. Kids are NOT careful. I've almost been run down in the mall by kids wearing these things.

Further, as a parent of 3 (soon to be 4), I am fully aware that you cannot keep your eyes on your kids 100% of the time. Anyone who says otherwise is so full of shlt. I can't stand reading these posts from people who claim to be such good parents (PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR KIDS). I do pay attention to my kids, and I make decisions that are in their best interests.... thus, I will not purchase heelys.

Stop being so judgmental of other parents. You don't know that they aren't paying attention. Accidents happen, and accidents will happen when you let your kids have access to dangerous toys.

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