How to stay safe while skateboarding

How to stay safe while skateboarding

March 12, 2014

There is something so cool about skateboarding, but believe it or not over 20,000 people a year are treated at hospitals and clinic due to skateboard related injuries. But does that mean you shouldn’t skateboard? Not at all ! Here are some guidelines beginners and kids can follow to stay safe while skateboarding.

1. Equipment 

  • Skateboard. Different boards do different things. If you’re mountain-boarding, you’ll want a big board with knobby tires. In the park, you’ll want something considerably smaller. Make sure you have the right board for your activity and that all of its parts are in working order. Check your board for cracks, sharp edges, damaged wheels, and loose parts before you skate.
  • Helmet. Get a helmet that is specifically meant for skateboarding, not some other activity. Look for a sticker inside the helmet saying it meets the ASTM F1492 skateboard helmet standard. All helmets should have a strong strap and buckle, and the strap should be securely fastened and snug any time you ride.
  • Shoes. Skateboarding is tough on shoes, not to mention feet and ankles. Spend a little extra money and get a good pair of shoes made with leather or suede. Be sure the soles are made of grippy gum rubber, not regular shoe rubber, and that the shoes fit properly.
  • Pads. All beginners should start off with at least knee and elbow pads, which are recommended for riders of all levels. These should have a hard plastic shield and should not hinder your movements. Make sure any pads you wear are snug without constricting your circulation.

2. Where to ride

  • Skate parks. Obey all the rules governing use of the park, and learn proper park etiquette before you decide to venture into the park’s more advanced features. Many skate parks have areas set aside for beginners. Stick to this area or somewhere similarly easy when you get started.
  • Street.  The Streets can be a fun place to skate but not unless you have a lot of experience. Before taking your skating to the streets be sure to practice extensively in the skateparks.

3. Skate park etiquette

  • Know and practice skateboarder etiquette. If you’re at a crowded skate park, wait your turn instead of jumping blindly into the bowl. This will not only keep fights from breaking out, it will also help you avoid colliding with another skater.

4. Skate within your ability

  • Don’t take chances. That rail you want to slide might look cool, but is it worth knocking your teeth out? Be aware of all the consequences that could happen if things go wrong.
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