Skateboarding, which first became popular in the U.S. in the 1970’s, is now one of the most prevalent extreme sports in the U.S. Kids and young adults love the sport’s challenges and risks. Thanks in part to YouTube, televised competitions like the X Games and the development of more community skate parks, skateboarding has been gaining in popularity over the past ten years.
But, unfortunately, more skateboarders mean more injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 85,000 reported skateboard injuries to kids younger than 15 in 2013. That is up from 65,000 (23%) in 2006. There were 120,000 skateboarders treated in emergency rooms in 2014. In 2015, NBC5 Chicago reported more than two dozen orthopedic injuries at Maggie Daley Park within months of the park’s opening in the summer. Several of those injuries resulted from skateboarding.
The most common injuries for skateboarders are concussions, knee injuries and fractures to the hand, wrist and fingers.