Skateboarding Injuries

Article by John Miller

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Skateboarding and similar sports such as scooters, rip sticks all involve an inherent risk of falls. This leads to lower limb, upper limb and spinal or hip injuries. 

The chance of a fractured wrist, hip etc increases with height, speed and adventurous challenges that skateboarders enjoy. Luckily, there is a higher change of soft tissue injuries such as bruises and sprains that respond favourably to physiotherapy or massage interventions.

However, if you suspect a fracture (broken bone) or head concussion, it is best to head to hospital for at least a precautionary Xray.

Skateboarding Injury Statistics

Skateboarding injuries have increased in correlation with the rise in popularity of the sport, and the injury pattern can expect to increase with the development of riskier skateboard tricks.

Skateboarding injuries often involve the wrist, ankle or face. Many injuries happen when you lose your balance, fall off the skateboard and land on an outstretched arm.

In a 2001 study, the most common fractures were of the ankle and wrist. Older patients had less severe injuries, mainly sprains and soft tissue injuries.

Most children were injured while skateboarding on ramps and at arenas; only 12 (9%) were injured while skateboarding on roads. Some 37% of the injuries occurred because of a loss of balance, and 26% because of a failed trick attempt. Falls caused by surface irregularities resulted in the highest proportion of the moderate injuries.

Overall, skateboarding is a fun and healthy sport that can give you a low-impact aerobic workout, plus an adrenaline rush!

General Skateboarding Injury Prevention Guidelines

  • Practice skateboarding safely and use protective equipment. 
  • Learn the basic skills of skateboarding, especially how to stop properly.
  • Use professionally designed "bowls" and "ramps" or other designated skateboarding areas that are located away from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Don't perform tricks beyond your ability.
  • Use a quality skateboard
  • Keep your skateboard in proper working order
  • Do not use headphones while skateboarding.
  • Never put more than one person on a skateboard.
  • Wear proper protective equipment

Skateboarding Protective Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Wrist guards
  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Shoes

Young Children Skateboarding

Skateboarding is not recommended for young children because they are still growing and do not yet have the physical skills and thinking ability a person needs to control a skateboard and ride it safely. 60% of skateboard injuries involve Children under age 15. Most of those injured are boys. 

Highest Risk

  • Inexperienced skateboarders. Those who have been skating for less than one week suffer one-third of injuries, usually caused by falls.
  • Skateboarders who do not wear protective equipment. Every skateboarder should wear standard safety gear. This includes a helmet, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads and appropriate shoes. Skateboarders who perform tricks should use heavy duty gear.
  • Skateboarders who go near traffic or use homemade skateboard ramps. Both activities are particularly dangerous.
  • Experienced skateboarders who encounter unexpected surfaces or try risky stunts. 
  • Irregular riding surfaces, rocks or other debris can cause you to fall. You can stumble over twigs or fall down slopes. 
  • Wet pavements and rough or uneven surfaces can cause a wipeout. 
  • Avoid risky behaviour. Don't skateboard too fast or in dangerous or crowded locations.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

  • Children under age 5 years old should never ride a skateboard.
  • Children aged 6 to 10 years old need close supervision from an adult or trustworthy adolescent whenever they ride a skateboard.

When young children are involved in skateboarding accidents, they are often injured severely. Skateboarding is a special risk for young children because they have:

  • A higher centre of gravity, less development and poor balance. These factors make children more likely to fall and hurt their heads.
  • Slower reactions and less coordination than adults. Children are less able to break their falls.
  • Less skill and ability than they think. Children overestimate their skills and abilities and are inexperienced in judging speed, traffic and other risks.

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00273

Common Skateboarding Injuries

  • AC Joint Injury
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinitis
  • ACL Injury
  • Adductor Tendinopathy
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis Knee
  • Bursitis Shoulder
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Cramps
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pointer
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Neck Sprain
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Osgood Schlatter's
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinitis
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Severs Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thigh Strain
  • Thumb Sprain
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Wry Neck
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    Common Treatments for Skateboarding Injuries

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
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    Last updated 29-Oct-2014 03:36 PM

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