Beginner’s Advice: Avoiding Injury
Be honest about your abilities. Do not attempt techniques that are too advanced for you, or that you have not been shown. This may well save you some embarrassment as well as an injury. Practice what you know until you can do it in your sleep, and then move on to something new.
Using protective gear like a helmet and knee pads will be the easiest thing you can do to prevent injuries. This gear basically absorbs the impact from falling and protects you from cuts, scrapes and bruises.
It’s not a race or a competition, so do not overestimate your current abilities. If you ride within your limits and progress at your own pace, you will feel more comfortable and be less scared.
Fear is actually the most common reason people fall off their skateboard. This is because when you are scared your body is more tense and you are more likely to panic or make large sudden moving and put you off balance.
When you Skateboard, you also learn how to avoid falling and gain the ability to recover from slips, trips and stumbles. This will help you prevent future injuries and is a valuable tool to have in life too.
Warm Up and Down
Warming up simply means getting your body ready to skate. This could mean a few stretches, or simply taking it easy and practicing the basics to get your body loose and flexible. It helps you get familiar with your board again and get used to whichever environment you are skating in. It’s important because when you are cold, your ankles are stiff, your body feels tight and this increases your chances of falling off the board.
After each session, you should warm down by doing a few stretches. This will increase your flexibility and stop your muscles from feeling tight. It will also boost your recovery and you will feel much better after each session.
Avoid the Wrong Places
This could be skating in poorly lit areas, over rough ground, in crowded spaces, or skating on poorly designed DIY ramps.
Most skateboards are designed to be used on the smooth ground. On rough ground, your skateboard will struggle to because most skate wheels are small and can be easily stopped by cracks and tiny pebbles.
Skating in poorly lit areas is obvious a bad idea, as you cannot clearly see obstacles and things that you could skate into.