TOTAL PROTECTION : KEEPING YOUR NOGGIN PROTECTED

Whether you get around by skateboard, skates or a scooter, you should always wear proper protections. When it comes to choosing the right head protection, we've got a few tips to make things easier.

THE RIGHT FIT

From skateboarding to skating or scootering, head protection is mandatory. Because you're protecting your biggest asset, be sure to take your time to find the right fit.

Models vary depending on the way you ride or skate. You don't need the same type of protection all the time:

for casual outings and daily commuting, a speed helmet (the type of helmet used by cyclists) is most appropriate. This type of helmet is lightweight and ventilated, making it ideal for races and long outings.

If you're more of a freestyler and do a lot tricks, opt for a street or ramp helmet. The bowl shape offers better protection of the back of your neck and cervical area, which are often exposed during a fall.

Finally, speed demons and dare devils should choose an integral helmet similar to those used by motorcycle riders. They come with and without visors. This type of helmet is durable and aerodynamic to keep both your head and your speed records intact.

Once you've selected a model, you should try it on to make sure it fits properly around your head. Measure your head circumference, choose the corresponding size and check that the helmet doesn't move around or isn't too tight once you put it on. Make any necessary adjustments to the chin straps and wheel at the back of the head on certain models. Again, safe doesn't mean uncomfortable.

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THE RIGHT MINDSET

Your head needs more than just outer protection: you also need to deal with your inner psyche. Stress, fear and fatigue all affect your performance, whether you're just looking to have fun or are competing.

First, pace yourself. The more you practise, the better you get, but the harder you go, the faster you get tired. To maintain your effort level, stay hydrated, have a snack and take breaks to recover.

You should also make sure to stay present. Good concentration is important to properly assess and minimise risks. Remember the basics (and tips), think about where you'll be riding or skating and never force yourself to do more than you know you're capable of.

Finally, keep up your motivation when riding and skating. Listen to music or keep a favourite song in mind to pep up your outings (but always pay attention to your surroundings and don't get distracted). You can also head out in a group with family or friends to make riding and skating more fun. Always keep a cool head to not get discouraged when inevitable setbacks arise.

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