Skateboard Injuries

Preventing and Dealing with Skateboard Injuries

Skateboard injuries are going to happen. Skateboarding is dangerous, and there's no way to stay completely safe. However, there are things you can do to help avoid a lot of skateboard injuries, and there are there are ways to help heal up (both physically and mentally) and get back on your skateboard faster.

Avoiding Injuries with Skateboard Safety

Danny Way sporting helmet and pads after winning the Big Air Finals at X Games
Danny Way sporting helmet and pads after winning the Big Air Finals at X Games. Photo Credit: Steve Cave
Lets start with understanding the basics of skateboard safety, and I'm not just talking about wearing a helmet. Helmets are important, but there are other things to keep in mind, too. You need to make sure that you are skating within your current limits, and that you have the right mindset. Avoiding injuries is the skater's responsibility. Read about skateboard safety, and how that works in to avoiding skateboard injuries.

Stretches and Excercises

Ryan Sheckler Skating at AST Dew Tour
Ryan Sheckler Skating at AST Dew Tour. Bo Bridges / AST Dew Tour

Along with skateboard safety, you might want to take a look at this advice of some stretches and exercises to do. Skateboarding is tough on your body, and the older you get, the more you really need to take the time to stretch before riding.

Even young skaters can help protect themselves by doing some stretches and exercises that target the muscles and parts used for skating. Read about stretches and exercises to do.

Jake Brown Skateboarding in the Big Air competition at X Games 13
Jake Brown Skateboarding in the Big Air competition at X Games 13. Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images

You are going to fall off of your skateboard. It's not because you aren't good enough, it's because skateboards are small, and have wheels on them. That's all. There's no way to stop it from happening.

So, you have skateboard safety in mind, but you know you are going to fall anyway - what should you do? You should learn to fall well! There are certain ways that you can fall that will either help you avoid injury, or help you injure something that will heal faster! That might sound weird, but take a look at How to Fall, and you'll get some good ideas for learning to fall in the least painful way possible! More »

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Bam Margera getting injured. Scott Gries / Getty Images

So you've learned how to fall, and you've fallen, and now you're injured. What should you do? Well, the first thing is to get medical help! Don't try and play off a serious injury like it's no big deal. Go get help.

And after you've gotten help, you need to actually let your body heal up. That might include some kind of rehab - it might not be fun, but you NEED to follow through with it.

Finally, when getting back on your skateboard, there are things you can do. Read this short article What should I do when I'm injured? More »

Danny Way's Ramp Perspective at the X Games 12 Skateboarding Mega Ramp Competition Finals
Danny Way's Ramp Perspective at the X Games 12 Skateboarding Mega Ramp Competition Finals. Kanights / Shazaam / ESPN Images

Once you've been injured, after healing up, it's important to deal with the internal side of getting injured. Fear is a pretty natural reaction, but it's something you'll need to deal with.

Fear is like pain - it's there to help protect you, and to help keep you from injuring yourself. Fear creeps up because you understand that you might get hurt. It's because you're smart.

But you cant stay afraid. You need to face it, and deal with it. Read this article for help dealing with your fear. More »

Share your Story
Share your Story. Eric LArs Bakke / ESPN Images
If you are dealing with fear, then reading about how other skaters have gotten hurt might not be the best idea! On the other hand, if you have a good skateboarding injury story to tell, and you want to share it, this is the place! More »