Skateboarding Safety: Have Fun the Safe Way

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Protection for head, knees, elbows, and closed toe shoes – he’s ready to go!

Skateboarding looks cool, it’s entertaining to watch, and it can be lots of fun. It’s not surprising that kids want to get involved in this activity. But skateboarding can be very dangerous. This is especially true if protective gear is not worn or if you skate in the wrong place.

Simple scrapes and bruises are to be expected, but sprains and even broken bones are not uncommon. That’s why it’s important to know and follow skateboarding safety tips.

Who Needs Safety?

The reality is, skateboarding can be dangerous, it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, and even those with experience may get hurt. Although most injuries are minor, some can send you to the emergency room.

Beginners and kids top the list of injured. But practice will not necessarily mean you will not fall again. Many experienced skateboarders like to try increasingly difficult tricks and maneuvers. Also, skateboarding on uneven or rough surfaces can increase the risk for falls. Even a small rock can cause a skateboarding accident.

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These kids are geared for safety.

Safety Equipment

The first piece of skateboarding safety equipment is actually the skateboard itself. Some boards are made for specific types of terrain. Also, before skateboarding it is important to ensure that your skateboard is in good working order. Check for damaged wheels, cracks in the board, or any loose parts.

Skateboarding helmets are a must. Check to see the helmet has a sticker inside saying the helmet meets the ASTM F1492 skateboard helmet standard. In addition, be sure the helmet fits appropriately and that it fastens securely.

Closed-toe shoes are important – a pair of leather or suede sneakers with a thick rubber sole that grips can be ideal. Be sure the shoes fit properly.

Since falls often involve the knees and elbows it is important to protect those areas. Choose knee and elbow pads that have a hard plastic shield but that do not restrict movement.

Other safety gear can include padded jackets and shorts, hip pads, and skateboard gloves. You may even want to use a mouthguard to help protect from broken teeth.

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Getting Started

The next step to skateboarding safely is choosing a place to skate. In the beginning stages of learning many people choose to practice on their own driveway or a nearby skate park. Always put safety first. Choose a place that will not put you in risk of getting hit by a car. Also, ensure the surface is smooth and dry, and free from rocks or other objects that could cause you to fall.

Skateboarding is a great activity – with proper precautions and safety equipment the risks can be minimized. Go on, give this sport a try!

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