Skateboarding injuries are so common that 50,000 skateboarders experience some kind of an accident every year. The areas most prone to injuries from skate board gear related accidents are legs, ankles, arms, head and the face.

Concussions

Serious skateboarding accidents can result in concussions. It requires immediate medical intervention and a person who has entered a concussion after a skateboarding accident may display symptoms such as headaches, photosensitivity, blurred vision, slurred speech, lethargy, vomiting and nausea. If possible call your local emergency helpline.

Fractures

When a skater in skate board gear lands in a faulty manner on the pavement, he or she tries to buffer him/herself against the fall by shielding the body with the wrist. This results in wrist fractures. But other body parts may also suffer a fracture. Body fractures can be of different kinds, but the symptoms are more or less similar – restriction of movement, tenderness, swelling and indescribable pain. Again this requires emergency medical intervention.

Don’t ignore a sports injury as this can aggravate in the future. You must contact a physiotherapist in order to correct the problem.

Sprains and Contusions

These are muscle injuries which can indicate maladies of a more severe kind. Sometimes the afflicted areas may exhibit severe pain, bleeding under the skin and extreme swelling beneath the skin. In such cases, you require a physician. Otherwise you can treat the affected area at home by using compression bandages, by applying ice packs and by keeping the afflicted area elevated.

Pennyboards

Penny boards are like long boards in the sense that they cannot be used to skate as much as to cruise. They are easy to ride and simple to manage. While normal short Skate boards may be used to perform various skate jumps and tricks on, penny boards serve fewer purposes, typically transportation and cruising. A major similar feature among boards meant for cruising are the larger size of the wheels. Furthermore, they are a lot more flexible to manoeuvre because of the material used to build them.

Quads and Inline Skates

The prime difference between quads and inline skates lies in the way the wheels are mounted and designed. Quads have four wheels which are mounted in a square layout on both sides of the boot. The wheels are fixed to the boot with the help of a steel plate wherein two wheels are attached in the front and two at the back. In rollerblade skates, however, the wheels are mounted in a straight line on a lightweight frame in the style of ice skates. This frame is then fixed to a plastic or steel plate and moulded directly onto the boot. The wheels in quads are usually shorter in height and have a wider contact area with the ground as compared to the wheels in roller blading skates.

Boots

There is also significant difference between the boots on quads and inline skates. Quads have boots made of some tough artificial material like vinyl or leather. The steel plate containing the wheels is attached to the boot by screws driven through holes made into the sole. On the other hand, inline stakes usually have thicker, taller boots made of polyurethane or some hard plastic material with a foam filling.

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Common Skateboarding Injuries