As the weather gets nicer with the piles of snow nearly gone, kids are gearing up and heading to the streets or parks to skateboard with their friends. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2010 there were 130,627 skateboard injuries with 46% involving children under 15. Fractures are a frequent type of injury so it’s important to teach your kids safety tips before they get on their skateboard this season:
Always Wear the Appropriate Protective Gear
There are different boards for different types of riding. Some are rated as to the weight of the intended user. Make sure your kids are aware of these types of boards
Closed, slip-resistant shoes, helmets and specific padding should be worn to protect the skateboarder from injury.
Padded jackets and shorts as well as padding for hips, knees and elbows should be worn to protect against scraps and cuts and to also cushion a fall.
Careful selection of protective equipment is necessary, as lots of gear on the market is not subject to governmental performance.
In a helmet, look for proper fit and chin strap.
Learn How to Fall
Teach your child had to fall without injuring themselves. If they are losing their balance, teach them to crouch down on the skateboard so that they will not have as far to fall.
In the event of a fall, the idea is to land on the fleshy parts of your body and try to roll rather than absorb the force with your arms. It’s also important to relax your body if you fall, rater than to stiffen up.
Tips for Using a Skateboard
Give your board a safety check each time before you ride.
Always wear safety gear.
Never ride in the street.
Obey all city laws.
Don’t skate in restricted zones or crowded areas.
Only ride with one person on a skateboard at a time.
Never hitch a ride on the back of a car or bicycle.
Don’t take chances with tricks you aren’t comfortable with – work up to them and you will slowly get there.
Learn how to fall – practice falling on a soft surface or grassy area.
If your child has been seriously injured in a skateboarding-related accident due to the negligence of another person, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.