A few years ago, skating that was also commonly referred to as “rollerblading” was a very popular sport among most kids as they were growing up. There were different forms of skating back then like the traditional skating while some people loved doing the “aggressive form of skating”. Most kids used to do ramps, grinding and other tricks. Parents back then used to drive their kids to areas or towns that had indoor skate parks as children loved skating almost on a daily basis. The game was so popular that it was featured in the X-Games. However, of late the popularity of this game has gone down in a big way. There are estimates that the popularity of inline skating has gone down by almost 50% and it is not present in the X-Games anymore.
Why has it become Less Popular?
Nowadays it is hard to find a person or people for that matter rollerblading in the streets like it used to be back in the days. There are two possible explanations as to why this is the case. The first reason is that it is now super awkward to be caught on a rollerblade casually. Rollerblades will not allow you to visit the bathrooms and also access some high end malls and stores easily. This is the reason a huge number of people have taken up biking for their leisure and also exercising purposes. The bike is easily parked or even locked somewhere to allow an individual some free time to walk like a normal person to a place of your choice.
The second reason could be the safety levels associated with rollerblading. It is a reasonable dangerous activity that most people could be shunning away from as it is not easy maintaining the much needed balance on these blades. People could be avoiding them as they do not want to fall or scrape themselves in the event of an accident. There are also other things that contributed to the plummeting of the number of people who still skate. These things include the skating sport being considered uncool by most people, the inconvenience they cause, less or no TV exposure and the fact that it is just but a fading trend.
Can it become popular again?
There are still a handful of people who still enjoy rollerblading and most of them are older since they grew up doing and loving this sport. It is possible to find some people even now enjoying their inline skating. This shows that there is a ray of hope for the game. The idea of the game receiving less TV exposure could be a main contributor to the decrease in its popularity. If more commercials could feature the inline skating with the skaters performing some electrifying tricks on rails and ramps, maybe the game will become popular than it is presently. Main skate companies ought to look at the causes of the decrease in popularity and seek out the most convenient ways of fixing them. This will lead to more young people appreciating the game and it can become popular once more.