Date: 5/9/2017 1:55 PM UTC
Skateboarding continues to grow more and more popular. Men
and women, boys and girls of all ages are turning to the sport. For some, a
relaxing low-impact cruise is plenty while for others; satisfaction comes from
learning new tricks and pushing limits. Although skateboarding may look like a “breeze”
from a spectator’s standpoint, there are a wide variety of risks associated
with the sport. Continue reading for some insight on how to steer away from common
Unfortunately there is no true way to steer away from common
skateboarding injuries all together unless you never actually step foot onto
the board. Like many sports, while injury is possible, there are a number of
preventative measures you can take to avoid injury.
Safe Skateboarding Equipment
In order to practice skateboarding safely, it’s important to
be aware of the various protective gears that are available. Before heading out
for a skate, have you considered these items?
Proper Foot Attire
Although no protective equipment can eliminate the risk of
skateboarding injury all together, it certainly plays an impactful role in
keeping injuries to a minimum.
Stretching Before Skating
Once you’ve gotten all of your protective equipment, you’re
most likely feeling pretty anxious and ready to get out there on that board!
Wait! There’s more! Skateboarding requires your body to push, pull, absorb, and
bend and a variety of other things that can lead to injury. Before getting on
the deck it’s important to go through a regular routine of stretches and
are some great stretches for before you hit the skate park, courtesy of Redbull
Like any sport, proper stretching and exercise is important in trying to avoid
common skateboarding injuries. Since some parts of the body are used more than
others when skateboarding, certain stretches and exercise may be more
beneficial than others. We’ve listed some more stretches below! (Source
Leg Swings: Face a fence or wall and hold on for
support; keep your upper body still, and swing your leg side to side 10 times.
This stretch loosens your abductor Magnus, long us, braves, pectin us,
graceless, and many more parts of your body that sound like organs in the
female anatomy. Switch Sides. Repeat.
Trunk Twists: To perform the stretch, start by
standing with feet shoulder width apart, arms in front, and face forward. Focus
on rotating your torso as much as it will go, not your knees and hips. Rotate
from side to side.
Front To Back Leg Swings: Hold onto a fence or wall;
keep your upper body still, and swing your leg forward and back 10 times,
loosening your gluts (cheeks), hamstrings, and hip flexors. Switch Sides.
Learning To Fall Properly
While you may be thinking it sounds crazy to “fall
properly”, there really are ways to take a crash on a skateboard that will, in
most cases, leave you at less risk for injury than others. While everyone’s
body works differently, some of the things you may try are:
Roll to the softer parts of your body
Crouch low to minimize the distance in which you
Avoiding extending your arms to catch yourself
with your hands.
Learning to properly fall will help you steer away from
common skateboarding injuries however, it’s important to take it slow and learn
which skills and tactics work best for you. As you continue to progress, your
fear levels will likely decrease and you will be able to ride more confidently
on the board.
Chances are that no matter your ability level, every
skateboarder is going to take their fair share of wipeouts. Physical preparation, proper safety equipment
and learning how to fall are great ways to lower your chances of injury.
If you would like to further discuss ways to avoid common
skateboarding injuries you we would be happy to chat! Feel free give us a call
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