The one thing that annoys me most about modern skateboarding is how safety equipment is constantly marginalized to the point of being completely non-existent.
Sure, all skateboard products come with a sticker that says “wear appropriate safety equipment at all times and always skate within your means” but when was the last time you saw a pro skater wearing a helmet and pads in a skate video? The Veterans may have the common-sense to pad up at contests the world over, but the young pros – the ones who influence kids taking up the sports, won’t wear pads or helmets for love or money.
Shame really – when I was growing up, putting your pads and helmet on was one the the fun things about skating. Plus it made you feel invincible.
But invincible is one thing that youngsters are not, as this article on the PR Newswire website shows all too clearly. The article looks at the findings of the Consumer Products Safety Commission and an organization called Safe Kids USA that found that the most common skateboarding injuries could be easily avoided. Wrist injuries and concussion were the most prevalent injuries, both of which can be avoided through wearing proper safety equipment. Plus of course, incurring an injury takes you out of skateboarding for at least a couple of months. So which would you rather do – sit on the sidelines watching your friends skate whilst you recuperate or just wear a bit of padding and keep skating until the sun goes down?
All from article above sounds do-able, right? We especially would like to remind parents never to let their kids ride in the road – it’s the main way fatalities happen on a skateboard.
Such a shame, as virtually all these accidents could be avoided by simply wearing pads and helmets. But until skate companies insist that their riders wear safety equipment in skate videos, we just can’t see this happening.