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    Default Skateboard Safety How Dangerous is this Sport?

    Skateboarding is getting more fans every day. However, there are many issues that can arise related to your personal safety. Is it really dangerous? Can we harm ourselves in a serious way? Are there tricks that may cause death? This article focuses on the dangers behind skateboarding, so you can get all the answers to your questions and find out if this sport is as dangerous as so many people are saying.

    Are you taking risks when you skateboard? Any type of skateboard, meaning It has a deck with wheels under to support you, are always prone to be dangerous. Obviously, this also applies to many other sports that everyone practices. Most parents are concerned that their kids might get seriously injured while riding a skateboard, and therefore, they get chills when they hear someone talking about skateboarding near them. See also: List Of Different Types of Skateboards at skateadvisors

    The source of this fear, most likely, is some story they heard at some point, that evolved an accident with a skateboard and a child. The number of kids (aged under 15) that were admitted into hospitals due to skateboard incidents in 2006 was around 26.000. We can’t say it’s a low number. A study was made evolving 100 hospitals, providing precious information of the 4 most dangerous sports that can lead you to the emergency room more frequently. By now you are probably thinking that skateboarding is one of them.

    These are some of the results of the study:

    o Number of hospital admissions 239,795 – Bicycles
    o Number of hospital admissions 220,877 – Football
    o Number of hospital admissions 84,878 – Baseball
    o Number of hospital admissions 65,130 – Skateboards
    Are you as surprised as I was? People tend to focus too much on the negative side of skateboarding, especially parents. Skateboarding gets a bad reputation because whenever there’s an accident, the media immediately galvanizes it and says it’s a dangerous sport. Needless to say, there are no reports of the skateboarders that never get injured.

    After having an accident is it possible to skateboard again? I would say it depends on the kind of injury, some skateboarders never go back after serious accidents. There was this skateboarder, Eric, that had an accident with a complete skateboard. One concussion, various fractures to the skull, brain injury, and two weeks of comma later, Eric had survived to promise he would never skateboard again.

    The story would probably be different if Eric took some safety precautions. According to statistics, most skateboarders with a permanent injury weren’t using any kind of safety gear, and don’t know how to tuck and roll. To perform tricks on a complete skateboard with safety, never forget to use knee pads, helmet, elbow, and wrist pads, so you can reduce the risk of being seriously hurt. Skateboarding can be as dangerous as so many other sports are. In the end, it all comes down to the amount of effort you put into being a top athlete. Skateboarder should learn more: how to get better at skateboarding ?

    In this process, we learned that many studies conclude that skateboarding is not as dangerous as people make it look. Accidents will always happen, whether you’re an adult or a child, and injuries are part of sports. Nevertheless, I should always underline the importance of wearing quality protective gear to assure the best safety.

    There’s enough evidence that the media and overall parents tend to overstate the dangers of skateboarding. If you’re afraid of the dangers evolved in skateboarding, but your kid insists on how much he loves it, the best thing for you to do is buy a good skate, all the necessary safety gear including pads, helmet, and wrist guards to make sure safety is the number one priority. Have a talk with your kid and tell him all about safety measures to keep him from getting hurt. If you don’t know how to do it, go online to find how to do the tuck and roll and teach it to your kid. Parents need to support their child in different sports, not just baseball, or football. Skateboarding could a greater sport, and safer too, if parents were more evolved with their kids. See also: best beginner skateboard
    Last edited by davidwilliams; 07-30-2019 at 11:16 PM.

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    If the wheels hit the deck when turning hard you might want to add some small risers, also rides smoother. But, lower is better for landing tricks, risers may be better for park skating.

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    Wheel bite slams are the worse. Options include: tighting the trucks, risers, or smaller wheels.
    To follow up with NoSwitch's comment, if you decide to ad risers, check the length of your hardware (screws attaching the trucks). It's a lot less frustrating to pick up risers and hardware at the same time.
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    Remember that tightening the crap out of your bushings does nothing but compress 'em and limit your motion as well, so you'll just be ping-ponging off of the extents. Harder bushings are a better option to tighten your trucks, as a harder bushing increases resistance to turning, which is a much better option.

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