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Skateboarding will be an official Olympic sport beginning in 2020, and more people are bound to become interested in this exciting yet risky sport. In 2017, over 98,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured while skateboarding. Over 47,000 of those injuries occurred in people ages 15 to 24, according to Injury Facts.
Wrists usually get the brunt of the damage with sprains or fractures, but "swellbows," or swollen elbows, also are common. To avoid a serious injury, such as a broken nose or jawbone, concussion and other head injury, it is vital to follow safety recommendations and minimize your risk.
Always inspect your skateboard before your ride to make certain it is in good working order. Your skateboard should be free of:
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this essential protective equipment should be worn when skateboarding:
Did you know that falling is an art? Even experienced skateboarders fall – a lot. They most frequently are injured in falls caused by rocks and irregular surfaces. If done properly, falling doesn't have to result in serious injury.
Stay safe by following these rules:
Helmets must meet federal safety standards and should fit securely. This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration video provides tips on how to properly fit a helmet.
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