Braking on in-line skates can be very difficult. Current brake designs are non-actuated plastic supports with rubber pads that provide sufficient friction to decelerate a skater. The brake is activated by lifting up the toe of the skate until the rubber pad touches the ground. A preliminary biomechanical analysis was performed to evaluate the act of braking on in-line skates. Novice and expert skaters were studied. Expert skaters were found to assume slightly different body positions than novice skaters. A new, actuated brake design is presented. Part of this brake is mounted to the cuff of the skate. The new brake design enforces proper leg positioning and does not require the skater to lift the toe of the skate off the ground. This brake has the benefits of being easy to use, effective and inexpensive.