Skateboarding can be a fun extreme sport. It requires great skill in being able to balance on the skateboard. Being able to perform tricks while going up and down steep ramps only adds to the excitement of skateboarding. Some of these ramps can take you quite high up into the air. Since accidents do occur in skateboarding, it is important to make sure you have protective skateboard gear on at all times.
Even the professionals, like Tony Hawk, wear protective skateboard gear. These same professionals will tell any skateboarder, whether a beginner or an avid skater, to always wear protective gear. The protective gear helps when accidents occur to minimize injuries. You would not want to be laid up with a broken arm or worse, in the hospital with a concussion, just because you thought you did not need protective gear. As a result of your carelessness, you could end up missing a major competition event.
Protective skateboard gear should include a helmet, kneepads, wrist pads and elbow pads. While some skateboarders will wear shorts with their protective gear, this is not always advisable. If you are just beginning to learn how to skateboard, you will be prone to falling off your board and hitting the ground. It is important to wear jeans or other heavy denim pants along with the protective gear when just starting out. Once you are more experienced at skating, then you can decide if you want to try to skate in shorts.
Helmets come in different sizes and colors for all ages. It is important to find a helmet that fits snugly on your head and is not too loose or too tight. Kneepads should fit comfortably and allow for movement and bending of the knees without restriction. Elbow pads should allow for free movement of the arms, as certain tricks will require you to hold onto your board while airborne. Wrist pads should not restrict the movement of the hands.
Younger skaters will go through several sets of protective skateboard gear. Parents should be aware as their children grow, they will need to replace the gear with new helmets and pads to continue to ensure the safety of their children.
When skateboarding, it is important to follow the accepted rules of the sport and respect other skaters. You should also not attempt tricks that could be considered dangerous or skate in high traffic areas.