They don’t call it extreme sports for nothing. Skateboarding can take a toll on those who push their boundaries every day and test their physical limits. Falling down is how you learn in nearly any sport, it just hurts a bit more for skateboarders. You can soften the blow and lessen the severity of pain and suffering if you follow some basic rules. This information can be a life-saver for beginners, so listen-up!
Safety affects everyone
Kids or those just starting to skateboard are not only most at risk for getting themselves hurt, but they are also the biggest risk for experienced skaters. You can have helmet and pads on and still be in danger. It’s all about being aware of yourself and your surroundings.
Some examples include: choosing a place at a skate park that is meant for beginners, so you have the proper space to practice your moves. Be aware of who’s nearby and never stop in the middle of the park to look around, hang out, or check your board. This is how a lot of accidents happen because moving objects or skaters are much easier to spot than someone standing right in their path.
Know your limits
When learning new techniques or tricks, you should know the fundamentals first before attempting it. That means, if you’ve never done a simple Ollie successfully, you shouldn’t be attempting to do a kickflip. This happens more often than you think, people want to look cool, rather than learn the basics.
You should also get into the habit of falling down properly. Don’t try to convince yourself that you won’t fall down that much, once you’ve skated for a while. You will only be setting yourself up for terrible injuries caused by not falling properly. It always best to roll like a boulder, rather than bracing yourself with your arms/hands/wrists. For an even better understanding, look at some instructional videos of basic parkour to see how weight distribution can prevent any major injuries.
Kick, Push, and Coast
Remember, it’s not a race to pull off as many tricks as you can, you should take it slow and enjoy the ride. The skaters you see popping all over the parks, performing a bunch of different tricks didn’t get there overnight and they still have their moments of unexpected bails.
If you feel like you’re falling down more than usual and think fatigue might be setting in, don’t push yourself. Unlike most team sports, you’re at an even greater risk of serious injury if you try to play through fatigue. Broken bones, gaping wounds, or possibly worse things are most common when skateboarders are pushing on tired legs, backs, and feet.