Skateboarding is an exciting pastime that some adults, teens and children in Connecticut enjoy. Riding a skateboard is a fun hobby to some and a competitive sport to others. But no matter why you ride your skateboard, getting hurt is possible. Skateboarders are at risk for several common injuries.
Skateboarding is often hard on the feet and ankles. Specifically, sprained ankles are common among skateboarders. If the ankle is turned or twisted in a weird position, it can cause a torn or stretched ligament.
Skateboarders take falls all the time. In most cases, riders get up and jump back on the skateboard. But that’s not the case if a leg, ankle, arm or wrist breaks. Although any part of the body is at risk during a fall, the ones mentioned are most commonly fractured.
Skateboards need a hard surface on which to roll. And that means skateboarders will fall on a hard surface when they tumble. A concussion can result from hitting the head on a hard surface. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can cause headaches, memory loss, reduced concentration, and problems with coordination and balance. Symptoms can appear immediately or days after the injury.
Skateoboarders should recognize common skateboarding injuries and safety measures. For example, protective gear can prevent injuries. Helmets, knee pads and wrist guards can protect the body should the rider take a fall.
Skateboarding in an area specifically for skateboarders is safer than riding on a public street or sidewalk. Good technique helps as well. Knowing how to balance, stop and turn properly reduces the risk of injury.
Skateboarding isn’t supposed to hurt. Practicing safety while skateboarding makes the activity fun instead of dangerous.