Skateboarding is an increasingly popular recreational activity among teenagers and young adults. In colleges across America, skateboards are used as a fun and quick way to get from class to class. One Alabama college student found that while riding a skateboard can be a great means of commuting around campus, it can be a dangerous activity as well.
The University of Alabama’s Media Relations office spokesman said that a student at the college was skateboarding across Stadium Drive near the ten Hoor Deck on Monday and was struck by a car. The male skateboarder was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center at approximately 2:00 p.m. with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to UA. The student injured in the crash nor the motorist, who was a student at the university, driving the car was not identified. Police are investigating the accident.
Skateboarding accidents are going to happen – if there are wheels under your feet, there’s always a chance that the skateboard will slide out from under the rider or the rider will lose his balance and fall. Although it’s impossible to stay 100 percent safe while skateboarding, there are ways to avoid many skateboard injuries. The number one way to prevent injury while riding a skateboard is to wear personal protection gear (PPE). The number one protective gear a skateboarder should wear is a helmet, as a helmet will protect injury to the head. One important fact in wearing a helmet is to make sure you buckle it up so it stays on your head when you fall. Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards also protect the rider from harm. Another suggestion for male riders is to wear a cup even though they are rather uncomfortable.
Skateboard safety is about acting safe, too. Be aware of your surroundings, skate in safe places, beware of your abilities and last, but not least, take responsibility for your own safety.