You can prevent most skateboarding
injuries if you follow all of these recommendations:
Use a quality
Skateboards have three parts: the deck (the board itself), the trucks (the
mechanism to which wheels are attached) and the wheels.
Keep your skateboard in
proper working order.
You should inspect it before every ride. Look for problems that need
repair. These can include loose, broken or cracked parts; a slippery top surface; wheels with nicks and cracks, etc.
Never ride a skateboard that needs repairs.
Learn the basic skills of skateboarding,
especially how to stop properly.
Also learn slowing and turning techniques, and how to
fall safely: If you are losing your balance, crouch down on the skateboard so you won't have as far to fall. Try to land on
the fleshy parts of your body rather than your arms. Relax and roll.
Essential gear includes:
properly fitting helmet
- Wrist guards
- Knee and elbow pads
To protect your head from injury, always wear a properly fitting helmet. This is true no matter what your age,
level of experience or location where you are skateboarding. Get a quality bicycle or multi-sport helmet. It should meet or
exceed safety standards of the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
A properly fitting helmet:
- Is worn flat on your head with the bottom edge
parallel to the ground
- Sits low on your forehead
- Has side straps that form a "V" shape around
- Has a buckle that fastens tightly (there should be room to put only two fingers between the strap and your
- Has pads inside that you install or remove so the helmet fits snuggly
- Does not move in any direction
when you shake your head
- Does not interfere with your movement, vision or hearing
your helmet when it is damaged, outgrown or at least every five years. You may need to replace it sooner if the manufacturer
Wrist guards, knee and elbow pads and other gear
guards help support the wrist and reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you fall. Knee and elbow pads reduce the severity
of cuts and scrapes, and prevent gravel burns. You should also wear closed, slip-resistant shoes, and consider goggles to
keep debris out of your eyes.