How to Stop When Playing Inline Skates and Quad Skates?

Do you want to be super active and healthy? Do you think watching TV and using a smartphone makes you lazy? Why don't you start roller skating as an exercise or workout? People have fears of falling and injuries, so they don't opt for roller skating as a sports or fun time activity. This detailed article will entail every inch of information about how to stop on roller skates.


Roller skating is a fun activity that contributes to unlimited benefits. Nonetheless, the type of skating you like or how experienced you are, just allow yourself to roll. Some people have fears of falling and injuries, and that's why they don't opt for roller skating as sports, hobby, or fun time activity.

Speed lovers and sporty people love to choose inline roller skating; however, individuals at beginner skating level are recommended for quad skates.

People love roller skating for recreational purposes and as sports to satisfying their adrenaline level. Many people use quad roller skate for a dance party, Zumba, ballroom dancing, or fashion shows. On the other hand, sports lovers go for inline skate for speed racing, hockey, or acrobatics.

Whether you choose an inline or quad roller skate, the first thing you need to learn is how to stop on a roller skate and use braking techniques in the absence of braking pads.

Thus, eliminate your fears and doubts about falling while you skate and learn miracle skills that will undoubtedly make you super fit, energetic, and healthy.

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In this article you will find:

1. The Braking System Of Inline Roller Skate And Quad Roller Skate

1.1. Heel Brakes

1.2. Toe Brakes

2. Stopping Techniques While Playing Inline Skates And Quad Roller Skates without  Brakes

2.1. Some Beginners Stopping Techniques

  • Taking A Knee
  • Gradually Slow Your Speed Onto The Grass

2.2. More Advanced Roller Skating Stops

  • The T-Stop
  • The Plow Stop
  • Power Slide
  • Cess Slide /Parallel 

3. Wrapping it up

1. The Braking System Of Inline Roller Skate And Quad Roller Skate

While you are fluent in skating, it is essential to learn how to stop. While you find an obstacle, slow your speed, or it is better to stop. It's better to use brakes instead of crashing into someone to avoid injury.

Also, it is recommended that slow your speed first before using the brakes. If you use the brake pads at high speed, they can get damaged soon.

The braking system is an essential feature of any beginners or novice inline or quad wheel roller skates. The brake system allow skaters to control speed and balance stability while skating.

Usually inline skates come with a braking system; however, some specialized models such as race skates, hockey skates and aggressive inline skates don't offer a braking system.

1.1. Heel Brakes:

The inline skates have rubber enforced brakes extending from a plastic extension on the right side, but it can switch from right to left. Usually, recreational and fitness skates have a brake system. Experience skaters prefer to remove the brake system because it leads to complications during dynamic skating or jumping.

  •    How To Stop Inline Roller Skate Using Brakes

The heel brakes are convenient to use, but usually, experienced inline skaters remove the brake. There are many reasons for this.

The heel brake is a slow way to stop and the advanced skater knows more techniques to a quick stop. Another reason is the brake can get in the way of performing moves.

To use heel brakes, slightly bend your knees. Now, stretch one leg in front of you and bend the other leg.

Apply the heel brake against the ground with your front foot and continue applying pressure until you reach a complete stop.

1.2. Toe Brakes:

The Quad skates have toe brakes, which serves two purposes: to set off the skate with speed, and the other is to stop or reduce the rate by working as a brake.   

  •    How To Stop Quad Roller Skate Using Brakes

The toe stops are also a convenient way to stop. To use toe brakes, lift your leg, which is behind and apply pressure to the toe stop.

Some artistic quad skates for figures and loops do not have a place for a toe stop. Artistic quad skates for dance have a threaded toe stop mount, but a "dance plug" is fitted instead to avoid interference when performing dance footwork and allowing for a “panic stop” or two without scratching the coating off the skating floor.

2. Stopping Techniques While Playing Inline Skates And Quad Roller Skates without using brakes

Although roller skates have heel and toe brakes for quick stops but it is really a good idea to learn some stopping techniques.

2.1. Some Beginners Stopping Techniques

  • Taking A Knee:

Wearing safety gear protects you from injuries and can also help for a quick stop. Yes, you can stop on your knee while roller skating with protective gear. To use a knee pad for brake, gradually lower one knee to the surface and allow it to drag.

For beginners, it is a good stopping technique and takes a little effort to perform. However, it is essential to learn more stopping methods because you can't rely on them.

  • Gradually Slow Your Speed Onto The Grass:

If you are skating at fast speed and want to stop or slow down, look for a grassy area or gravel so you can glide onto it. The uneven or rough texture slows down your speed and gradually, you will completely stop.

This trick is called running out and you can use this trick to slow down your speed.

Stopping techniques really matters when you are playing roller skating. Roller skating sports include Roller derby, hockey, speed skating and dancing competitions. People who opt for roller skating games are experienced skaters and know the basic roller skating techniques.

Your excellent skating track record doesn't matter if you can't stop without using brakes. Most experienced skaters remove brakes from their skates, so significantly, it's important to know how to stop without using brakes. If you don't qualify for a quick stop, it means you will be a danger for others and yourself too.

The most common techniques used by skaters while playing roller skating games are as follows.

  • Taking a knee:
  • The T-Stop:
  • The Plow Stop

We will discuss all above stopping techniques in details in next section.

2.2. More Advanced Roller Skating Stops

The most simple and easy to learn stopping techniques are T-stop, pillow stop, heel brake, power slide, and parallel brake. You can learn all of them or choose one; it's up to you because at last one day you will skate without brakes. So, let's start with the most standard and convenient t-brake.

2.2.1. The T-Stop:

Brake is simply to place your one skate perpendicular to your dominant foot and allow it to drag behind you. Of course, dragging and crapping on the sides of skating wheels damage them. But ultimately, it takes enough time to wear out completely. However, it is part of the game so, you can avoid wear on by re-arranging the wheels.

Applying T-stop technique, try to slightly drag the toe of other foot behind at a bit of an angle so that the wheel isn't rolling but is instead grazing the surface. Eventually, you'll be able to drag all your wheels behind you, flat on the pavement, and even to put some heavy pressure into the stop if you need to slow down quickly.

T-stops are easy to learn and convenient for both types of skates, so try to learn the basic technique.

  •  Practice To Balance On One Skate

To make a perfect T-stop, you need to control your trailing leg, so you can't lose control and spin in a useless circle. Besides, if you can't focus on it, there are many chances of falling.

To perform this trick, you need to skate a bit on one leg. Practice skating with one leg and hold one leg off the floor for long periods. Basically, in this technique, 90% of the weight shifted on one leg, so you need to learn balance on one skate.

  • Orientate Legs In T-Position

After practice to balance on one skate, it's time to align your legs in T-position. For this position, put your one foot in a forwarding position and the other one foot turn 90 degrees to the outside with the toe. The foot, which is making a 90-degree angle, is doing the braking part.

  • Practice Makes You Perfect

Now do this practice little by little and try to do it faster. It would be best if you chose the right foot to lead because it helps you stop more comfortably. You need to lower your stance for flawless performance.

Finally, after making a T-position, apply pressure on skate wheels. Allow wheels to drag as you apply brakes while you are driving a car.

Expert Trick:

Avoid creating flat spots on the wheels of your braking foot by continuously moving the braking skate (and therefore the wheels) around. T-braking will wear the wheels down faster.

Eventually, reserving T-braking for situations where maneuvering room is lacking.

2.2.2. The Plow Stop

Have you seen the skiers who make a triangle shape in front of them with their skiis to slow down on slopes? You are actually doing the skiers movement in plow stop, but it is really hard for beginners.

However, experienced skaters could do this, but it requires a lot of power and practice.

To use the plow stop technique, you just put your feet out sideways at 1.5 to 2 times the width of your shoulders (adjust this based on your speed and the grip of your skates. keep your legs closer if the surface is slippery, farther if you need to slow down quickly).

The pillow stop isn't as fast as the t-stop, but it will let you have a lot of control over your speed and direction, so it's a good one to use if you are on a long but not terribly steep downhill slope and you just need to manage your speed.

 By twisting a bit here and grinding one foot out in an arc past the other, you can also move to a full stop from this position. Or just end the stop by turning slightly sideways and firmly putting the outer foot down.

2.2.3. Power Slide

 More advanced skaters use various power slides to stop or slow down, especially on hills. You can use this cool trick while you are skating at a fast speed and want to stop.

You have to make skating transitions from forward to backward directions, now push out or put forward your one leg ahead during transitioning in a T-stop position or pattern. 

2.2.4. Cess Slide /Parallel

Cess slide is a skating trick but also a good way to stop. It's similar to the power slide, but you can change it because it has a ton of variations.

It is also called shuffle and is known as the advanced and powerful technique to stop at high speed. To make this move, keep both your feet parallel and make a turn at high speed. Keep your body tilted inwards and make a curve with the body. Thus, you can stop smoothly and quickly without any hassle.


Wrapping It up

Understanding the importance of stopping techniques and applying them in routine makes you more comfortable. When you learn at least one or two techniques, frequently use them and do a lot of practice.

Keep in mind and always remember.

There are many ways to stop on roller skates, but keep in mind that proper practice, patience and guideline will make you a pro. Thus, be confident and eliminates your fears.

Be a pro skater and learn new techniques.

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