See, that last part is what always freaked me out about roller skating. I'm sorry, ice is not as hard as the dang floors of roller rinks. And believe me, I know. I spent plenty of time on the ground while taking ice skating. Plus, with ice skating, the first thing they teach you is proper falling so you don't hurt yourself.I absolutely loved roller skating growing up. It was the 70s and we would go to Skateland at least one or two nights a week and they opened up the cafeteria at my school on Sundays and we would all go there and skate for free. Plus numerous friends had cement floor basements and we would skate around most days.
Then one day at Skateland, another kid who was having some trouble decided to use me to stop himself. Ran into my back and pushed me into the wall. Caught myself with my right arm and broke my the radius bone in my arm. Which made me fall to the floor, where I caught myself with my right arm and broke the ulna bone. Both bones of my lower arm, compound fractures, 4 months in a cast from shoulder to thumb that was bent at about 80 degrees at both the elbow and wrist. Had to learn to write with my left hand. Didn't skate again until my daughter was about 8 and even then I stayed at the wall the whole time (which my wife thought was pretty funny).
My brother will roller skate, and I'm just like...nope.