Head Injuries On Skateboards Prevention

Head Injuries On Skateboards Prevention

Though skateboarding is a popular recreational activity and gives you a low-impact aerobic exercise but the recent increase in skateboard injuries is causing great concern worldwide. The most common and most serious injury sustained while skateboarding, is head injury.

Head injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability in this sport. Many injuries can be prevented if skateboarders wear safety equipment and avoid skating on dangerous and uneven terrain.

Skateboarding is a recreational activity in which children and adolescents move quickly over the hard surface. Skateboard injuries comes in several forms ranging from minor cuts and bruises to serious head injuries. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) annual report skateboarding sends an approximately 50,000 children to hospital emergency room for treatment for injuries from which 15,000 children and adolescents needs hospitalization. Most hospitalizations involve head injuries.

Most skateboard accidents occur because of riding on irregular or uneven surface. In addition inexperienced skateboarders those who have been skating for less than a week suffer one third of all injuries.

The National Safety Council recommends the use of safety gear approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) such as helmet, slip resistant shoes, wrist braces, gloves and specially designed padding for elbows, knees and hands. It also recommends skaters to inspect their skateboards or skates regularly for any damaged part and replace them before using. The protective gear may not fully prevent injury but will lessen the impact of serious injury in the event of a fall.

The Council also recommends that children who ride skateboard should learn the technique of safe-fall on a soft surface or grass. The safety council also instruct them that when they fall, try to roll and absorb the force of the fall by using the hands and arms as shock absorbers.

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Head Injuries On Skateboards Prevention