The potential injuries when longboarding range from the minor and innocuous to the serious and life-altering. In the worst circumstances, they can even be tragic. Like most extreme sports, the risk of sports accidents and injuries when longboarding is considerably higher than with other sports.
What are the main potential injuries when longboarding?
- Bumps and bruises
Any longboarding enthusiast worth their salt will have a number of tales to tell of accidents had and injuries suffered. Falls are an inevitable part of learning the art of longboarding. Given the main locations for longboarding – skate parks, pavements etc. – bruises are an inevitable consequence of falling.
- Cuts, grazes and lacerations
When you fall off a longboard, your hands, knees and elbows tend to bear the brunt of the impact. There’s precious little time to get your body into position to land and the hard surfaces are unforgiving.
Falling on concrete will inevitably result in grazes and cuts to your hands, knees and elbows. Compared to other potential consequences of longboarding accidents, these are nothing to worry about.
- Sprains and dislocations
Depending on how you land, you can seriously damage your joints in the aftermath of a longboard accident. Sometimes, you will be lucky to get away with just a sprain or minor ligament damage. More serious longboard accidents can easily result in dislocations.
Dislocations occur when bones are forced out of their joint sockets. Ankles, knees and shoulders are particularly susceptible to dislocations during a longboard accident.
- Head injuries
Crashing to the ground following a fall from a longboard puts you at serious risk of head injuries. The consequences can range from minor cuts and bruises to a concussion and other serious damage.
How can I avoid potential injuries when longboarding?
The simple answer to staying safe when longboarding is to ensure you have the right equipment. Safety essentials include:
- A helmet. The number one safety item. You need to protect your head at all costs.
- Knee and elbow pads. These will help bear the brunt of the impact during a fall and protect your hands from grazes following a longboard accident.
Of course, if you are hurt in a longboard accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due sports injury compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our expert advisors can offer a no-obligation consultation regarding your claim. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice