Riding a skateboard always has some risk associated with it. However, you can do your part to be responsible and to have fun with it at the same time. Getting into the habit of riding a skateboard safely from the very start is very important. Even the pros have accidents from time to time. Being prepared for them can help to minimize the damages. Some parents are hesitant to allow their children to ride on skateboards due to the risk. If you explain that you will be as safe as possible they may be willing to go along with such a compromise.
Having a decent skateboard is very important. It may surprise you to learn that many you can buy at various retailers are not very safe. They are often very inexpensive but they are not designed well enough to really be used out there. Make sure you always inspect your skateboard too and keep it in good condition. If parts are loose then there is a greater risk of crashing.
Make sure you carefully inspect areas where you will be skating. Some of them are not well designed for such activities. Many communities feature skating parks that do have great ramps and bowls for you to enjoy. If you create your own materials you need to make sure they are very safe. Inspect them on a regular basis too so that they have not become more of a danger than in the past.
Since head injuries are the most common problem associated with skateboarding a helmet should always be worn. While many people do not like to do so it should be mandatory. Many parents require it as do many skate parks. You will find many of the professionals are also wearing them in the hopes of encouraging others to do so as well.
Other areas of the body that tend to be easily injured include the elbows, knees, and wrists. Therefore support protectors should be worn on these areas as well. As any of them or a helmet show signs of wear you should replace them. Otherwise they are going to provide you with a false sense of security. Learn new things at your own pace too. Many accidents occur trying to out do those around you.
The shoes you wear while skateboarding are also important. Laces should never be dangling to where they can get wrapped up in the wheels. They need to offer you plenty of support as well as plenty of transaction. Make sure you check your grip tape often as well. When it is worn you need to replace it to ensure that your skateboard is safe to be riding on.
Make sure you take your time to learn the basics when you start to ride one. You need to have complete control over the skateboard. Do not attempt tricks or moves that you have not properly been trained for. You will have to learn how to keep your balance as the skateboard is moving. This does not happen magically the first time you jump on one and start to ride it down a hill! You also do not want to ride a skateboard when the ground is wet as it will affect the control you have over it.
Source by John Pauls