Skateboarding Injuries

Skateboarding Injuries

Skateboarding and similar sports such as scooters and 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.

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Arm Pain Causes

Arm pain and injuries are widespread. The causes can be related to sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday arm use. Arm pain can occur due to either sudden, traumatic or repetitive overuse.

Arm pain can be a local injury, musculoskeletal injury or could even be referred from nerves in your neck (cervical radiculopathy). This can result in neck-arm pain.

Causes of Arm Pain by Region

Causes of Arm Pain by Structure

Neck-Related Arm Pain

Shoulder-Related Arm Pain

Elbow-Related Arm Pain

Wrist-Related Arm Pain

Hand-Related Arm Pain

Muscle-Related Arm Pain

Other Sources of Arm Pain

Common Causes of Arm Pain

The most common sources of arm pain include shoulder painwrist pain and elbow pain.

Referred Arm Pain

Cervical radiculopathy is a common source of referred arm pain. As mentioned earlier, your neck can refer to arm pain from another source. Cervical radiculopathy will respond positively to treatment at the source of the injury (e.g. your neck joints).

Professional assessment from a health practitioner skilled in diagnosing both spinal-origin and local-origin (muscle and joint) injuries (e.g. your physiotherapist) is recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment directed at the arm pain source.

Arm Pain has Diverse Causes.

The causes of your arm pain can be extensive and varied. Due to this diversity, your arm pain should be assessed by a suitably qualified health practitioner to attain an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and implementation specific to your arm pain.

What Arm Pain is Associated with a Heart Attack?

Left-arm pain can be an early sign of a life-threatening cardiac issue. A professional medical assessment that involves an accurate history, symptom analysis, physical examination and diagnostic tests to exclude a potential heart attack is essential to exclude this potentially life-threatening source of arm pain.

Please consult with your health practitioner, call an ambulance on 000, or visit a hospital emergency department to put your mind at ease.

Most Arm Pain is NOT Life-Threatening.

Luckily, life-threatening arm pain is far less likely than a local musculoskeletal injury. Before commencing treatment, your health practitioner should assess and confirm arm pain caused by a localised arm muscle, tendon or joint damage.

Arm Pain Prognosis

The good news is that arm pain and injury will typically respond very favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early professional assessment and treatment are sought. Please do not delay in consulting your healthcare practitioner if you experience arm pain.

Common Arm Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy or medical care, allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

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Common Running Injuries

Running is one of the easiest and most popular ways to stay fit. It is also one of the easiest ways to develop an injury. Running injuries are common and often affect the hips, knees, ankles, and feet of runners. The impact and stress of running are sometimes hard on the muscles and joints; especially if you ignore early injury signs.

runners-knee

Knee Pain

Children’s Knee Conditions

Shin Pain

Calf Pain

Foot Injuries

Muscle Injuries

Heel Injuries

posterior shin splints

Achilles and Foot Tendinopathies

Hip Joint Pain

Lateral Hip Pain

Adductor-related Groin Pain

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Arthritis

Biomechanical Conditions

Thigh & Hamstring Pain

Bone Injuries

General Information

Muscle-related Injuries

Disc-related Injuries

Back Joint Injuries

Nerve-related Injuries

Pelvis-related Injuries

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Biomechanical Approach

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What Are Common Muscle Injuries?

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Neck & Back Muscle Injuries

Lower Limb Muscle Injuries

Upper Limb Muscle Injuries

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Fatigue-Related Myalgia

Systemic Causes of Myalgia

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