Skateboarding Safety

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hawkSkateboarding can be a fun way for children and adolescents to get exercise. However, an estimated 111,000 kids younger than 18 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for skateboard-related injuries each year. Many of these injuries can be prevented.

Skateboarding Injury Facts: Of those children treated in U.S. emergency departments because of their skateboard-related injuries:

  • The three most commonly injured body regions are the wrist, ankle and face.
  • Broken bones, sprains, scrapes and bruises are the most common injuries.

Who is Most at Risk?

  • Skateboarders who are hit by a motor vehicle have the most serious injuries.
  • Skateboarders who ride on uneven surfaces have the most fall-related injuries.

Skateboarding Safety Tips

  • All skateboarders should wear a helmet and other protective gear (such as wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads).
  • Teach children to never ride a skateboard in or near traffic.
  • Check the skating area for holes, bumps and rocks…

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