Though it’s a fun and relaxing sport, you can still be having fatal accidents when skating if you don’t know how to protect your body correctly. The protective gears aren’t there just to make you look good, they’re responsible for protecting your body from being hurt by accidents.
However, you should know that there is nothing wrong with skating correctly and a lot of cases in which accidents happen are either because the skaters don’t wear the proper gear or it’s because they don’t know how to protect themselves from falls.
In this post, we’ll raise your awareness with the most dangerous injuries in skateboarding and how can you protect yourself from them by practice falling in the proper ways.
The worst injuries
Bleeding palm, elbows, or knees
This might not be the worst injuries with skateboarding, but’s definitely the most common injuries that could happen with skateboarders. It’s because when we fall, our body naturally position these parts in front of the important organs, thus resulting in bruises and bleeding in these places.
Hence, I always recommend my fellow skateboarder to wear protective gears like wrist guards, elbows and knees pads. By having these properly equipped, you can save yourself from a lot of avoidable flesh injuries.
Another common injury which happens a lot, especially on beginner skaters is broken arms. And the biggest reason for this is because when you fall, it’s natural for the arms to push forward and the torso to recede to avoid fatal injuries to the organs. While this is a good way to deal with falls, it might lead to serious injuries if being done incorrectly.
And in most cases, the skaters who are already terrified, would stiffen their body up and placing their arms straight up in front of the body. As a result, strong pressure would eventually force one or two arms to be broken.
Little did we know, this accident can be easily avoidable. Stay tuned as we’ll be demonstrating how to avoid being hurt in these situations in the following discussions.
This, though doesn’t happen as common as a broken arm, is still extremely dangerous as it could leave your lower body paralyzed. A broken pelvis usually happens when you landing your buttock on the ground with big impacts. And the pressure will force the bones to fracture easily.
One of the most devastating accidents that could happen to a skateboarder is a broken neck. And since there is no gear that you could wear on your neck to protect it, this makes neck-related accidents even more difficult to prevent.
A broken neck would result in months spending on the hospital bed and you might even become fully paralyzed due to brain damages. Hence, whenever you’re falling, it’s critical to protect your neck from major impacts.
Other rare but fatal accidents
These are quite uncommon accidents in most situation, however, it’s worth to mention them as a precaution.
Broken face – this might sound nasty, but it has happened multiple times. And a lot of times, it’s because the skater refuses to wear a helmet when riding at a high speed. So be sure you wear your helmet if you don’t want to smash your pretty faces on the ground.
Being hit by sharp objects – though this rarely happens, you should still be careful with sharp objects around to avoid being pierced by it.
Learn how to fall properly
Enough about the intimidating accidents, in this part, you’ll learn how to fall properly to help you avoid most of these accidents.
Always wear protective gears
The first rule when doing skateboarding is to wear all the essential protective gears. And by that, I mean knee and elbow pads, helmets, wrist guards, and the likes. You’ll never know what could happen, especially when you’re a beginner who just getting used to with skating.
For example, the wrist guard would be enough to protect you from any future palm related accidents. You won’t likely to be bleeding when falling from your board.
And for the head, since it’s the most important part on your body, it’s reasonable to wear a high-quality helmet to avoid serious nerve injuries.
Don’t panic and stay calm
A lot of beginner skaters tend to become terrified and lost control of their body in cases of sudden falls. If you think this could happen to you, you might want to practice staying calm in front of any upcoming danger. This would give you time to think and react to the incident.
It’s hard but doable, you just need to invest a lot of time and effort in this. An effective way to stay calm is having yourself prepared for different situations. Follow the next articles, we’ll be introducing a few ways to practice falling correctly.
Dismount immediately before things start to go worst
It’s best to predict the danger before it happens and stop skating to avoid accidents. For most beginners, learning how to stop quickly is also a vital skill.
When riding on your board, you can practice jumping off from it to get familiar with the situations. Once you’ve become confident enough, you can practice jumping off during a higher speed.
Learn how to fall on grasses surfaces
To practice falling correctly, I suggest you find a soft and cushion grass that’s next to a concrete road or sidewalk, it would be better if the grass is slightly taller. Try skating toward the grass at relatively high speed.
Once your wheels hit the grasses it would naturally be slow down or stop suddenly. Follow the momentum, your body should be thrown forward. Use the movement to fall onto the grasses to avoid injuries.
While doing this, you can slightly guide your body in a certain direction then place one of your arms forward to shield the body. But remember to keep the arms relatively narrowed. Don’t straighten your arm since you would likely to end up having a broken arm.
You should fall on the palm first, then to the elbow. Follow the momentum and use the elbow as a fulcrum to let the body roll up a few rounds until the pressure is eliminated.
For backward falls, you don’t have to place the palm on the ground to protect your hips and pelvis. Instead, take advantage of the movement and use your buttock as the fulcrum to roll backward.
Tighten up the core muscle and protect the head
Another thing which might be helpful is that you should always keep your head protected by crouching your body and tighten up the core muscle when falling. However, you don’t want to make the whole body become stiff, just the core muscles.
And that’s the worst injuries that you can get from skateboarding. Hope you benefit from our falling techniques, thanks for reading and we’ll see you in our future posts.