A recent study shows that people who longboard may be at a greater risk of serious injury than those who skateboard.
The study included 824 participants, whose average age was 19, who were treated for injuries from either longboarding or skateboarding between 2006 and 2011. 57.5% of the participants were injured from longboarding, which uses a longer, wider board than a skateboard. 42.% were injured from skateboarding.
Longboarders were at a higher risk of head fracture, traumatic brain injury, and bleeding inside the skull than skateboarders were. 8% of longboarders in the study had a head fracture, 31% had a traumatic brain injury and 14% had an intracranial hemorrhage. 0.5% of skateboarders had a head fracture, 12% had a traumatic brain injury and 0% had an intracranial hemorrhage.
A suggested reason as to why longboarders are more prone to these injuries is due to the fact that longboarders are more likely to ride on open roads, unlike skateboarders who usually train in skate parks. With longboarding, obstacles such as moving cars, light posts, and pedestrians are introduced, which can increase the risk of injury. Longboarding also involves riding downhill and weaving around obstacles, which also increases these risks.
Another said reason may also be that longboarders skate at much higher speeds than skateboarders. They are also less likely to wear helmets.
We remind everyone to always wear a helmet when skateboarding, longboarding, riding a bicycle, or performing any other sport involving travel.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in sports-related accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Jacoby & Meyers for help