Comment éviter les blessures en skateboard

Our tips to avoid getting hurt in skateboarding

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The ultimate extreme sport, skating provides a true feeling of freedom. But these spectacular tricks are sometimes done at the price of a few risks. On the half-pipe, on obstacles or in the street, skaters are never free from injury. Here are a few rules to follow to keep up the adrenaline rush without ending up under morphine.

 

Accessories: protection VS fashion

To prevent possibly injuries, the best thing to do is to reinforce the key areas often exposed when riding: particularly the head, wrists and knees. With protective accessories like helmets, knee pads, and wrist pads or even simple reinforced gloves, you might not prevent bad falls but skids will be much more controlled.

Required accessories for half-pipe skaters who are often up high, these protections are nevertheless rarely appreciated by street skaters, who complain that they restrict their freedom of movement. This argument is unfounded, since when you properly land a 360 flip crooked grind, your friends will quickly forget that you're wearing unstylish protective gear.

Les protections pour faire du skateboard

 

The important thing isn't the fall, it's the landing.

Although falls are inevitable, you can always limit breaks with a few simple reflexes to manage your landing. Here are some tips for cushioning your falls adapted to each situation:

Falling forward: tuck your head, stick out your arms and roll over your shoulder;

Falling backward: tuck your head, raise your legs and cushion with your hands on the ground;

Falling sideways: fall on one arm and round your back to protect your head.

Finally, always think about your speed: it has a direct influence on the fall, but also on the power of the impact. For a beautiful finish at sustained speeds, it is better to continue moving (running, rolling) rather than forcing an abrupt, violent stop that requires pushing back.

In general, stay flexible on and off your board, particularly to avoid falling stiffly on the asphalt and to decrease your risk of injury.

 

For now, everything's fine: get your confidence back

Fear of injury is often the source of the injury itself: fear will limit your control and your ability to do the right motions. Know that falling is never fatal and is a part of learning a trick. Confidence is therefore a skater's number one ally. A bad run? Don't hesitate: get back on the board, try the move again, and leave your mental blocks to your psychoanalyst. Similarly, think about varying your attempts based on the location and the trick, to learn them gradually.

On the other hand, be careful of over-confidence and over-estimating your abilities. The more inflated your ego, the more useless and dangerous risks you will take. The placement you need is within your reach: feet on the board of course, but first and foremost, feet on the ground.

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So be full of confidence, but never forget to recognize your limits. Between the two, it is often a matter - as always in skating - of finding the right balance.

Olivier Butel
Digital Leader Oxelo
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