Your skateboards, shoes and clothes will come and go, but you only get one body, so take care of it! With that in mind, take a second to buckle your helmet and strap on a few protective pads every time you skate. The next time you bail on a trick and wind up slamming your helmet-clad skull into the pavement, you’ll be stoked that you took the precaution.
When you watch the pro skaters on TV, you’ll notice that every single one sports a helmet. They know that a concussion or head injury of any kind can be devastating to their skating and career, and they just aren’t willing to take that risk. Neither should you. There are a variety of helmets to choose from, all sorts of shapes, sizes and prices.
Elbow pads and knee pads will protect you more often than any other gear. Skateboarding slams often result in at least some kind of bruising or scrape, quite often around the knee and elbow areas. Knee pads are great for learning new tricks, because you can slide to a stop on your knees.
When your board slips out on you, your wrist is often the first thing to fall. Snap. Protect your wrists with wrist guards, and you won’t have to learn how to write with your left hand.
Your safetey gear should fit as snugly as possible without restricting your motion. You don't want your pads to restrict your movement, but if they are too loose, they may slip our of place and fail to protect your most important parts. You should also keep in mind that the straps and padding will losen up over time as you use them. If you are unsure of size, it is best to err on the smaller side, so they fit better once broken in.
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