Teen Skateboarder Dies After Being Pinned Between Two Cars
A 14-year-old Miami teen was tragically killed while crossing the street on his skateboard on Sunday. According to NBC, police said one vehicle swerved to avoid the skateboarder, but ended up colliding with the another car pinning the boy in between. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Unfortunately, the Florida boy is not the only teen to lose his life while skating. This year alone, teens in Illinois, California and New York have been fatally injured in skateboarding accidents. Every year, more than 25,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for skateboard-related injuries, which reminds us why skateboarding safety is so very important.
While Tony Hawk and Shaun White make things look super easy, knowing your limits is key. But, whether you're just starting out or have a few years of experience under your belt, everyone can benefit from these guidelines from KidsHealth.org:
Get the right gear: Make sure you have everything you need to ride safely. You'll need a board (obviously), a helmet, the right shoes and pads. Depending on your skill level, wrist guards, hip pads, gloves, padded jackets and mouth guards can all be helpful in preventing injury.
Know where to ride: According to the site, rough riding surfaces are responsible for more than half of skateboarding injuries, so choose wisely. Make sure your surfaces are clear of debris, and as much of a no-brainer as it may be, stay clear of cars. Skate parks are ideal, but trails and empty pools are fun options, too. Just make sure you have permission to skate wherever you go, and check out the terrain before you ride.
Learn how to fall properly: You're going to fall, but learning how to do it right, may make all the difference. If you feel like you're losing your balance, crouch down so you will not have as far to fall, and try to roll and resist the urge break fall with your arms and hands.
Don't be a hero: Bigger tricks equal bigger injuries, so know your limits and don't take chances. You can build up to more complicated moves once you've practiced and learned the basics. For now, be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do. Also, never hitch rides from a bike, car, truck or bus. You're only asking for injuries.
Have good skateboarder etiquette: If you're at a crowded skate park, make sure to wait your turn. You don't want to drop in blindly -- that just makes other skaters mad, and the potential for collision is so not worth it.
For more great skateboarding safety tips, check out KidsHealth.org. %Poll-56842%