How to Survive a Skateboard Crash

A skaetboard crash is an unavoidable part of the sport. Learning new tricks, skateboarding over uneven terrain or simply losing your balance can all cause a skateboarding crash. The key to not letting a skateboard crash permanently derail your skateboarding is to survive it.

Wear a Skateboarding Helmet
This seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be amazed at the number of skateboarders who don't heed this advice. While skateboarding helmets are generally required at skate parks, there's usually no one enforcing a helmet rule on the streets. That means it's up to you to protect your own head. Head injuries are one of the most common-and dangerous-skateboard injuries. To avoid brain damage and possibly even death, strap on that skateboarding helmet before hitting the half-pipe.

Skateboard Pads
Skateboard pads are another obvious way to avoid seriously hurting yourself while skateboarding. Like a skateboarding helmet, skateboard pads are generally required at skate parks. These include knee and elbow pads. Some skateboarders also choose to wear wrist guards, since a nasty fall could easily snap a wrist. Even if you're not at the skate park, wearing knee and elbow pads can keep you from tearing up your knees and sidelining you for days or even weeks.

Practice
Practicing falling can help prepare you for when it actually happens. If you'll be skateboarding in a half-pipe or bowl you want to fall on your knees. This is much less painful than falling on other parts of your body and won't hurt very much if you're wearing knee pads. Never fall directly on your hands, as that can cause your wrists to break. Remember to fall on your padding; that's what it's there for.

You should also practice skateboarding in general before you start trying advanced tricks or skating in venues you're not prepared for. Don't just drop into the biggest ramp you can find. Start small and work your way up.

Don't Be Afraid
This may sound impossible, but it's important. If you're afraid of falling and you spend a lot of time worrying about it, chances are you're going to fall, and it's going to hurt. Instead, accept the fact that falling while skateboarding is completely normal and bound to happen. Then, forget about it and have fun.

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