Boarding is an
increasingly popular recreational activity among teenagers.
safely and use protective equipment.
Incidence of Injury
To improve Boarding
safety, a growing number of communities provide supervised board parks. These
may have professionally designed boarding lanes or other designated Boarding
areas that are located away from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Boarding is an
activity in which you move quickly over hard surfaces. It can lead to
injuries that range from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic brain injury.
hospitalizations involve head injury. Even injuries that heal quickly can
cause pain and anxiety, cost time, and money and may lead to disabilities.
This can include loss of vision, hearing and speech; inability to walk,
bathe, toilet, dress or feed yourself; and changes in thinking and behavior.
Boarding is not
recommended for young children. That's because they are still growing and do
not yet have the physical skills and thinking ability a person needs to
control a board and ride it safely.
* Children under
age 5 years old should never ride a board.
* Children aged 5 to 10 years old need close supervision from an adult or
trustworthy adolescent whenever they ride a board.
When young children
are involved in Boarding accidents, they are often injured severely. Boarding
is a special risk for young children because they have:
* A higher center
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
Serious Boarding injuries
happen when you lose control and fall or run into a motor vehicle, road
hazard, pedestrian, another boarder or bicyclist. You are at risk for
* If you don't use
* If you don't keep your board in good condition.
* If you board on irregular surfaces.
* If you attempt "tricks" beyond your skill level.
Sixty percent of board
injuries involve children under age 15; most of those injured are boys. At
highest risk are:
* Inexperienced boarders.
Those who have been skating for less than one week suffer one-third of
injuries, usually caused by falls.
* Boarders who do not wear protective equipment. Every boarder should wear
standard safety gear. This includes a helmet, wrist guards, elbow and knee
pads and appropriate shoes. Boarders who perform tricks should use heavy duty
* Boarders who go near traffic or use homemade board ramps. Both activities
are particularly dangerous.
* Experienced boarders 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 behavior. Don't board too fast or
in dangerous or crowded locations.
Types of Injury
often involve the wrist, ankle or face. Many injuries happen when you lose
your balance, fall off the board and land on an outstretched arm.
* Injuries to the
arms, legs, neck and trunk range from bruises and abrasions to sprains and
strains, fractures and dislocations. Wrist fractures are quite common.
Wearing wrist guards can reduce their frequency and severity.
* Facial injuries include breaking your nose and jawbone
* Severe injuries include concussion, closed head injury and blunt head
* You can suffer permanent impairment or even death if you fall off the board
and strike your head without a helmet. Most brain injuries happen when your
head hits pavement. You are most at risk if you board near traffic and
collide with motor vehicles, bikes, pedestrians or other obstacles.
You can prevent
most Boarding injuries if you follow all of these recommendations:
Use a quality board
Jetroll boards satisfy British and European standards, where rigorous testing
during the manufacturing stage ensures certain safety standards are
upheld. Always use a certified board.
You should inspect
it before every ride. Look for problems that need repair. These can include
loose, broken or cracked parts; sharp or jagged edges; a slippery top
surface; etc. Get professional help to repair serious defects.
Learn the basic skills of Boarding, especially how to stop properly.
Also learn slowing
and turning techniques, and how to fall safely: If you are losing your
balance, crouch down on the board so you won't have as far to fall. Try to
land on the fleshy parts of your body rather than your arms. Relax and roll.
Wear proper protective equipment
Before getting on
your board, empty your pockets of all hard and sharp objects and put on your
protective gear. Essential protective equipment includes:
* A properly
* Wrist guards
* Knee and elbow pads
To protect your
head from injury, always wear a properly fitting helmet. This is true no
matter what your age, level of experience or location where you are Boarding.
A properly fitting helmet:
* Is worn flat on
your head with the bottom edge parallel to the ground
* Sits low on your forehead
* Has side straps that form a "V" shape around each ear
* Has a buckle that fastens tightly (there should be room to put only two
fingers between the strap and your chin)
* Has pads inside that you install or remove so the helmet fits snuggly
* Does not move in any direction when you shake your head
* Does not interfere with your movement, vision or hearing
Replace your helmet
when it is damaged, outgrown or at least every five years. You may need to
replace it sooner if the manufacturer recommends it.
Wrist guards help
support the wrist and reduce the chances of breaking a bone if you fall. Knee
and elbow pads reduce the severity of cuts and scrapes, and prevent gravel
burns. You should also wear closed, slip-resistant shoes, and consider
goggles to keep debris out of your eyes.
Board only on smooth pavement away from traffic, preferably in a supervised
* Never hold onto
the side or rear of a moving vehicle while riding a board
("skitching"). You could fall or be thrown into oncoming traffic if
the vehicle suddenly slows, stops or turns.
* Never use your board in wet weather.
* Avoid Boarding in crowded walkways or in darkness.
* Always screen the area before you board, inspecting surfaces for rocks and
Do not perform tricks or jumps while riding your board.
Boarding skill is
not acquired quickly or easily. Don't take chances by Boarding faster than
your experience allows, or faster than is safe for conditions or the speed of
other boarders. If you try tricks, practice them only in a
controlled environment, such as a skate park that has adult supervision and
appropriate access to emergency medical care.
Stay in shape.
injuries by keeping in top physical condition.
Stretch and do
conditioning exercises before and after Boarding.
Be considerate of fellow boarders, especially those who are younger and / or
Know what to do in an emergency.
happen, so you should always know what to do in emergency situations. Don't
panic. Call for medical assistance or an ambulance.