Skateboard injuries are very common, especially to those who are just learning the sport. However, this doesn't discount the possibility of injuries to those who have been riding skateboards for years. So whether you are a novice or an expert, a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist pads, and gloves are a must.
Here's your guide on selecting skateboard safety equipment:
When buying a helmet, select the one that fits your head perfectly (too large and it will loosely move when your head moves; too tight and it will limit your head movement). It must have a buckle and a strap that can be fastened and secured around your head. Helmets must be replaced after every impact.
An average helmet costs at around $30 while high-end helmets cost as high as $500, usually made for professional skateboard athletes.
Knee pads absorb most of the impact of the fall and protect your knees from possible cuts and bruises. Thus, knee pads must be fastened securely around the legs. Choose the pads that fit perfectly to your size as they vary from small, medium, to large.
Knee pads cost between $10 and $100 depending on the brand, quality and design.
Like knee pads, elbow pads absorb most of the impact of the fall and protect your elbow from cuts and bruises that are caused by such fall. Elbow pads should also be fastened securely around your elbows. Elbow pads with hard plastic caps are better choice.
Elbow pads usually cost around $30 per pair although you can buy a set of elbow and knee pads at a cheaper price.
The perfect wrist pads should not only fit perfectly on your wrists but also would not limit the range of your movement. Thick wrist pads are okay but remember that they should be comfortable when worn.
A pair of good wrist pads can cost between $15 and $30.
When falling, the skateboarder has the tendency to use his hand to break the fall. When not protected, breaking the fall may cause cuts and bruises or even fractures to the hands. Thus it is important to wear protective gloves when riding. When buying, choose gloves that perfectly fit the size of your hand. Skateboard gloves can be made from synthetic fiber, leather or hard plastic. Each gives their own level of protection. Choose one that will benefit you most.
A pair of gloves can cost at around $45.