Skateboarding injuries are often the result of tripping or falling, although over-use and other factors also play a role. Ranging from minor cuts, bruises or sprains to fractures or concussions, injuries may affect the upper and lower limbs, head, neck, hips and backs of skateboarders.
Depending on the individual’s fitness, circumstances and type of skateboarding accident, common injuries/conditions may include:
- Wry neck.
- Bursitis hip (Trochanteric bursitis).
- Thumb sprain.
- Thigh strain.
- Stress fracture.
- Sprained ankle.
- Sinding Larsen Johansson syndrome.
- Shoulder impingement/dislocation.
- Shin splints.
- Severs Disease.
- Sacroiliac joint pain.
- Rotator cuff tears or syndrome.
- Poor hip core.
- Plica syndrome.
More common skateboarding injuries
Skateboarders may also suffer:
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Piriformis syndrome.
- Pinched nerves.
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome.
- Patella tendonitis.
- Osteitis pubis.
- Osgood Schlatter’s disease.
- Neck headache.
- Meniscus tear.
- Knee arthritis or ligament injuries.
- Patellar (knee) bursitis.
- ITB syndrome.
- Hip labral tears or arthritis.
Additional injuries by skateboarding
The endless list of common skateboard injuries also includes:
- Hamstring and groin strains.
- Gluteal tendinopathy.
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).
- Facet joint pain.
- Degenerative disc disease.
- Chondromalacia patella.
- Calf muscle injuries.
- Bursitis shoulder.
- Bulging disc.
- Back muscle pain.
- Adductor tendinopathy.
- Acromioclavicular joint injury.
- ACL injury.
- Achilles tendonitis or tendon rupture.
Preventing personal injuries
To prevent suffering any one of these accidental injuries, it is vital to follow a few simple safety rules. These include learning basic skateboarding skills (in particular stopping correctly) and always:
- Using professionally designed skateboarding areas, ramps, bowls, etc.
- Staying away from pedestrian/vehicle traffic areas.
- Using quality boards.
- Keeping boards in good working order.
- Wearing protective equipment.
Protective equipment includes:
- Elbow and knee pads.
- Gloves/wrist protectors.
- Well fitting shoes with good grip.
In addition, you should never:
- Perform tricks exceeding your ability.
- Wear headphones while skateboarding.
As mentioned above, many skateboarding accidents involve slipping or tripping. If you were injured by tripping or slipping on poorly maintained skate-park facilities, or if your injury was caused by a defective skateboard, you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation. Visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website or call their freephone number on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.