Skateboarding has long been an enormously popular pastime for millions of people of all ages. Most large towns and cities throughout the UK offer some sort of skate park facility for people to practice, hone and perfect their skills.
Whilst undeniably popular, skateboarding is also pretty dangerous. Cuts and grazes are taken as par for the course but the more serious slips, trips, and falls can result in broken bones and lengthy hospital visits.
In fact, statistics from the Department of Health reveal that, on average, over 25,000 people per year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries either caused by or related to skateboarding.
As they tend to be accidents in public, skaters often also have wounded pride to contend with. A number of these injuries are to the head where the consequences can be extremely serious. There are also road traffic accidents to contend with and collisions with cars and other road users has resulted in numerous fatalities.
How can I avoid suffering personal injuries, from a public trip and fall, whilst skateboarding?
It is clear then, that personal safety is of paramount importance when skateboarding, particularly if you are relatively inexperienced or trying it for the first time. However, safety is also the cause of considerable concern for experience skaters because, as the complexity of the tricks increases, so do the chances of a public accident.
This is the starting point for any skater, regardless of age or ability. The first step to avoiding injuries and accidents in public is to check the board itself.
Different boards suit different activities. For the park, you will want a smaller board than if you were, say, mountain-boarding. Your board also needs to be checked for cracks, damaged wheels and loose parts, all of which can cause a nasty slip or fall.
Protection wise, it is strongly advised you have the following:
– Helmet: You need one that is specifically designed for skateboarding and meets the safety criteria.
– Pads: A necessity for beginners but useful for all levels, knees and elbows are the minimum of what ought to be covered.
– Shoes: It is advisable you spend that little bit extra and get a good pair of strong, durable shoes.
If you do suffer an accident in public, remember that you may be due some public injury compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can establish the strength of your case.
Date Published: November 12, 2013
Author: David Brown