Frequently Asked Questions

Skateboarding and Inline Skating

Facts About Injuries

  • About 26,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year with injuries caused by skateboards
  • Six out of every 10 skateboarding injuries are to children under 15 years of age.
  • Wrist and lower arm fractures are the most common inline skating injuries.  Face and chin injuries are also common.

Inline Skating and Skateboarding Safety Tips

  • SUPERVISION. Children depend on adults to help them stay safe.  Children under 8 years should not use skates or skateboards without close adult supervision.
  • Protect Yourself.  Inline skaters should always wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads and wrist guards at all times.  Skateboarders should always wear a helmet, gloves and knee elbow pads.  Also wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt and rubber-soled shoes.
  • The type and fit of inline skates is important.  Skates should be right for a child's size, ability and purpose.
  • Keep equipment in good condition.  Check your skates or skateboard every time before you ride
  • Stay Alert. Do not wear headphones while while skating. It is important to be able to hear horns and other traffic noises.
  • Learn how to fall. Learning how to fall can reduce the chances of being severely hurt. 
    -If you are going to fall, crouch down so you wont have far to fall.
    -Land on your shoulders and hips then try to roll to distribute the force over your body.
    -Relax your body instead of making it stiff.
    -practice faling on a soft surface or grass.
  • DO NOT take chances. Tricks require lots of practice, skills and specially-designated areas.  Never hitch a ride from a car or bike.