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Skateboarding: Blows Your Mind

Apr 15, 2008
Nosegrind, noseslide, 360, Ollie, kickflip-these all sound like factors the NTSB might blame for airplane crashes. In reality, these are some of the many tricks picked up by professional skateboarders in their quest for air. The more daring the trick, the more elevated the risk. Watching pros take to the skies it is hard not to imagine how much fun it must be to pitch yourself into the air, reconnecting with your board on the way back down.

It is a risky sport, but first time skaters have more than their share of accidents. Of the 15,600 annual trips made to the ER by street skaters, roughly one third of the injured have been skateboarding less than a week. An appalling number of bone and skull fractures occur from rider error, but there are many frightening collisions with vehicles. To stay safe, you have to be careful, and it is also wise to wear protective gear.

Well-padded helmets are needed, for obvious reasons. Protection for defenseless joints is helpful, too, especially for knees, elbows and wrists. Special shorts with padding can be found to save wear and tear on your hips. Good shoes that grip the board are also vital.

Besides equipment, you should understand that there are actually good and bad ways of falling. If you notice yourself losing your balance, go into a crouch position-that way you fall from a shorter distance! Always try to land on softer body parts, as opposed to your knees, for instance. Finally, relax into the fall-try not going rigid, which causes more injury. If you can, roll with the fall; it lessens the impact.

There are lots of web sites dedicated to teaching skateboarding techniques and fully equipping riders. In addition, there are incredible online stores where you can find all types of gear from every top name in skating. You can find skateboarding shoes, wrist guards, board parts, hip clothing, and instructional videos. If you need it to skate, you can find it there!
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