Safety Tips: Skateboarding (for Parents)

by Jenn

Getting into skateboarding and other sports is an excellent way for your kids to enjoy and train their bodily coordination. Not only will you get to bond with them as they show you new tricks, but they’ll also learn to strengthen their bodies.

However, skateboarding can be dangerous if you don’t take any preventive measures. Equip them with the best skateboards for kids, and follow these tips to ensure their safety while having fun.

Have Your Kids Wear Proper Skateboarding Gear

Head injuries are among the most severe injuries encountered while skateboarding. Wearing a helmet can help you avoid this while also lessening the injury’s severity in the event of a collision.

You’d also want to look at other protective equipment to ensure your kid is safe from injuries.

These include gloves, wrist guards to help support the wrist when your kid falls, and knee pads and elbow pads to protect their namesake body parts from injuries.

You can also have them wear non-slip closed-toe shoes to improve grip on the skateboard and minimize foot injuries, and goggles or shatterproof glasses to prevent dust and debris from getting into your kid’s eyes.

Also, ensure that this equipment meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission‘s safety standards. Wearing substandard equipment can give you and your kid a false sense of security that can lower your guard.

You should also check your kid’s equipment regularly to ensure no cracks or sharp edges are present.

Only Ride in Safe Places

Minimizing injuries means that you should only allow your kids to ride their skateboards in safe places. Also, you or another trusted adult should always accompany children below ten. 

If your kid is just beginning to ride a skateboard, they should practice on a smooth driveway away from traffic, the beginner part of a skate park, or an empty parking lot.

Before your kid rides, check all surfaces for wet areas or uneven spots. Kids should only be allowed to skate on smooth surfaces without debris or cracks. 

You should also teach your kids to never skate on the street unless you’re sure they’re skillful and familiar with the roads enough. They should also refrain from skating while raining since the streets are wet with minimized visibility.

Rules in skate parks are also there for a reason– learn to respect them and those around you. 

Avoid skating in congested locations since one slip-up can lead to other collisions.

You should also not encourage wearing headphones while skateboarding since this limits your kid’s sensory ability to perceive and avoid danger.

Practice Safe Riding Techniques

Have your kids watch videos or other people perform basic tricks before trying them on their own. They should know how tricks work first before trying them on their own.

Additionally, knowing how to ride a skateboard means your kid should know how to fall correctly. The National Safety Council recommends that your kids bend down, so they don’t fall as far should they feel they’ll fall out of balance. 

As much as possible, they should also try to land on the soft parts of their body since this will only give them bruises or wounds. Landing on their boney parts such as elbows or legs can cause fractures, which take longer to heal.

Rolling also minimizes injuries compared to absorbing the impact with their arms– have them practice relaxing their body instead of tensing up. They can practice rolling or falling on a grassy or soft surface.

Know What to Do With Injuries

Always bring a first aid kit whenever your kid goes skateboarding since accidents happen, and it can occur twice as much when skateboarding. 

Your first aid kit should contain the basics, such as a triangular bandage, antibiotic ointments, cotton or cleansing pads, medical tape, non-stick gauze pads, occlusive dressing, and a spray bottle with saline solution. You could also include an instant ice pack and a malleable splint.

Avoid rubbing alcohol on your kid’s wounds since it harms the healing process by harming the excellent tissue. You’ll also be putting your kid in unnecessary pain.

Road rash and bruises are two of skateboarders’ most common injuries.

Wounds from road rash need to be cleaned immediately to remove the dirt and debris from the pavement. This also lessens the chances of infection build-up.

After cleaning, you can treat the wounds with an antibiotic ointment and cover them with an occlusive dressing.

Bruises can be treated with the RICE treatment: resting the bruised area, placing an ice pack on it, compressing it with an elastic bandage should it swell, and elevating the injury.

Conclusion

Getting hurt is an inevitable part of skateboarding, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let your kids try it. After all, it’s still a fun way to bond with your kids and have them build their confidence and physical strength.

Ultimately, your job as a parent is to ensure that they’re safe while enjoying themselves and that you’re there to help them get back up when they fall.  

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