Skateboarding takes skill, balance and coordination. No matter how talented a skateboarder is, accidents can happen. And, some of these accidents can cause serious injuries, like fractures and concussions. These injuries can take a rider out of commission for up to several months.
Most skateboard injuries occur when the rider loses control and falls off the board, onto his or her outstretched arm or head. The most common injuries include wrist sprain or fracture, broken arm or elbow, broken finger, sprained ankle and head injury or concussion. While many skaters don’t think wearing safety gear is cool, neither is sitting out after an injury!
So, here are some tips to make sure that you skate safe:
- Wear a helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads
- Practice tricks or jumps in a safe and controlled environment
- Pay attention to other skateboarders and bystanders; always look around to watch for other people or hazardous obstacles
- Use proper technique
- Only ride during daylight hours or in places with plenty of light
- Avoid dangerous conditions like wet ground or places with loose objects on the ground
- Keep your skateboard, wheels and parts in good condition; inspect it before every ride
- Don’t ride with others who are either much older or younger – or of a very different skill level
- If you have pain or are injured, seek attention from a physician
- Do not use headphones while skateboarding.
- Never hold onto the side or rear of a moving vehicle while riding a skateboard (“skitching”). You could fall or be thrown into oncoming traffic if the vehicle suddenly slows, stops or turns.
- Know what to do in an emergency