Doctors Say Roller Shoes Injuring Kids

Doctors Say Roller Shoes Injuring Kids

There are 12 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 3, 2007, titled Doctors Say Roller Shoes Injuring Kids. In it, Newsday reports that:

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 ...

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Lorin Thwaits

Mesa, AZ

#1 Jun 4, 2007
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.
Destro

Dobbs Ferry, NY

#2 Jun 4, 2007
They are accidents waiting to happen. Children will grow up fat and lazy because of these. Wait until they fall in the gap. I will laugh my a$$ off!!
Grandpa

Bergenfield, NJ

#3 Jun 4, 2007
2 comments:
1: Ban Heelies. For the children.
2: Lorin; you are gay, right?
Sandra

Tampa, FL

#4 Jun 4, 2007
It is also dangerous to the people they are running down in the shopping malls. I have witnessed numerous people being injuried after they were bumped or pushed to the ground after being run down by kids wearing the shoes. They should not be allowed to be worn indoors in public places.
Barry Fleckmann

Toms River, NJ

#5 Jun 4, 2007
Lorin Thwaits wrote:
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.
I read your post with interest, Lorin. Oh, don't get me wrong; I have no interest in getting a pair for myself. It's the fact that you ADMIT to being 37, and not only own a pair of these "things," but you actually put them to practical use. I observe the kids at the mall (they're SO ubiquitous, you CAN'T miss them!), and they make me nervous. Nervous for the kids, nervous for myself and nervous for people who have to have eyes in the backs of their heads watching out for all these kids!
Faust

Addison, TX

#6 Jun 4, 2007
I'd like to hurt the parents who let their kids aip all over Home Depot, Costco, the mall, Stop & Shop, etc on the damn things.

And I'm sure when their evil spawn gets hurt at the above places they are the first to sue.
Lorin Thwaits

Mesa, AZ

#7 Jun 22, 2007
Gramps -- No, I'm straight. In fact I have 3 children, and in our family we heel responsibly. My son who's 11 is proficient enough to heel in stores with me, but the other two aren't there yet, so they're not allowed.
Anonymous-Just Like You

United States

#8 Jun 22, 2007
These things so no more be allowed in the stores and malls than roller skates, roller blades, skate boards, or bicycles.

37 and doing this in stores? How irresponsible.
Anonymous-Just Like You

United States

#9 Jun 22, 2007
so = should
Amanda

Bally, PA

#10 Jun 22, 2007
Lorin Thwaits wrote:
Gramps -- No, I'm straight. In fact I have 3 children, and in our family we heel responsibly. My son who's 11 is proficient enough to heel in stores with me, but the other two aren't there yet, so they're not allowed.
Well don't whine when you and your kids discover that you have ankle problems. What are you too lazy to walk? Do you know how stupid people look when they use them? And 37 and using them? I think it's time someone starts growing up.

“Fallen Angel”

Since: Jan 07

New England

#12 Jun 22, 2007
Grow up Amanda, don't let jealousy and prejudice consume you! Lorin just wrote how much exercise they are and you ask if he uses them out of "laziness?"

What I want to know is are they addictive? The AMA is preparing to vote on whether video games are addictive and these radical devices may be next. Don't you detect an excessive zeal in Lorin's account? I sense a certain joy that should not be allowed to flourish without diagnosis, punishment and prohibition. We somber ascetics and other maintreamers don't appreciate the worlds of fun we don't share.
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Sweden

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