How In-Line Skating is Bad for Your Back

In-line skating can be hazardous to your back. What makes it even more interesting is that I was not the skater! I was crossing a paved path from the beach to our car to get the cooler and beach umbrella. I waited as a bunch of bicyclists and skaters went by on the path. I crossed and almost got clipped by a guy zooming along super fast on skates. He was a big guy too. One of those muscle-bound dudes you always see here. My trip back across got me an appointment with my chiropractor in Santa Barbara. The same guy was on his return trip and nailed me. You would think he would have learned by almost hitting me the first time to not be looking at his phone and power skating.

I went down getting twisted and hitting my back on the cooler. We were both scraped up, but nothing was broken. I was mad and in pain. I was tearing into the guy about flying along and staring at his phone. He had knee pads and a helmet on. I did not. My back was hurting, but I apologized for yelling. A woman on a bicycle stopped and yelled at the guy too. She told me it was the third time she saw him run into someone. He was getting a bit defensive, but not aggressive. As more people gathered, he asked me if I was okay. I told him I would be, and he apologized and took off. His elbow was bleeding, and I think he was hurt worse than me.

I went to the chiropractor to get my back adjusted the next day. I was beat up with a few scrapes and bruises and my back ached inside. I did not hit my head. I was very glad about that. It took me a couple of weeks to start feeling better. I saw the woman on the bike at the grocery store. We recognized each other. She told me the guy no longer has his phone in his hand when he is on the path by the beach now.

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