You’ve probably heard that falling is a normal part of skateboarding. Falling off a skateboard will happen to any skateboarder, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert. Falling means injuries such as scrapes, bruises and masonite burns. While this is an established part of skateboarding, you can fall off your skateboard without risks of severe injury.
Sometimes, safety gear is not enough to stay safe on a skateboard. Learning how to fall on a skateboard without getting hurt will save you a lot of pain and the cost of treating injuries. It will also build your confidence as you try new tricks.
Just as there are correct techniques to adopt when braking or pushing on your skateboard, there is a fitting (correct) way to fall off your skateboard. This article will help you to learn the proper way to fall off a skateboard and still be safe.
Types Of Skateboard Falls
- Falling off.
When skating, if it’s obvious that you are going to fall hard, you can bail out before it’s too late. Falling off happens when you just lose your board and stumble away without hitting the ground.
Slamming takes place when a trick goes out of hand and you lose all control. This is especially painful as your entire body is being slammed suddenly on the ground.
Sounds Like A Lot Of Pain?
The pain involved in these skating accidents is enough to deter any skateboard enthusiast. But there are safer methods of falling during skateboarding.
Learn not to catch yourself with your hands
Instincts will make you put out your hands every time you fall, but you could break your wrists. Especially if you’re falling on concrete. Wrist guards will help if you do not want to catch yourself with your hands. It is advisable to learn to control your instincts.
Land on your shoulder or back instead
This is done by rolling when you fall. You could practice this on a soft surface. Rolling reduces the impact of the fall. Loosening your limbs will ensure that you don’t break any bones when rolling.
On ramps wear knee pads
Practising or simply running tricks on-ramps for enjoyment should be done wearing quality knee pads to keep you safe in case of a fall. Learn always to slide down and fall on your knee on-ramps.
If you cannot avoid putting your arms and legs out to cushion the impact when falling, loosen up to absorb the fall. Resisting it will cause injury such as broken bones.
Watching experts at the skate park zip past you is a challenge and an inspiration, not to mention fun to watch.
Learn to run out of tricks
Running out of tricks means catching yourself by running when a trick on the board goes wrong. Doing this right will help you avoid many falls.
Bow your head, raise you’re your legs to fall on your back and shoulders. The impact may be softened by cushioning your hands on the ground.
Fall on one arm and roll onto your back to protect your head. This will evenly distribute the force at your back.
Tuck your head and stick out your arms to catch yourself as you roll over your shoulder. Rollover instead of landing on your arms to prevent injury to your elbows or wrists.
What Other Ways Can You Stay Safe On Your Skateboard?
Do not skate outside your ability. Never try to do a trick you have not practised well enough. Slamming is certain should you try to skate outside what you know how to do.
Trying new things when skateboarding is good for you, but staying within what you are capable of is also sensible. Are you going to land that 10 set Ollie or are you going to land in an EMS vehicle to the hospital? Always keep safety in mind. Wearing the right skateboard shoes will help you to maintain a good grip on your board to minimize falling off. They are designed with sufficient grip and are slip-resistant.
Skate only on good surfaces. Small bumps and cracks in the ground could upset your board, causing severe injury. Always pay attention to the area you are skating on. Riding your skateboard in an environment with obstacles is dangerous.
Rolling when falling safely requires energy and balance. This can be improved by doing suitable exercises and practising more. Always protect your head when falling. Do this by lowering your head or tucking your chin when falling. Raising your arms to head level also provides extra protection.
Try not to fall on a single part of your body when you fall. This will cause that area to absorb most of the impact, which could be damaging in a bad fall. Spread the impact of falling over a large area of the body.
When skating on a steep incline and you need to bail out; perform a knee slide with your hands up even if you have wrist-guards on. As you invest in other safety gear, be sure to invest in a high-quality skateboard to reduce the number of factors contributing to falls on your skateboard.
You can overcome your fear of falling by taking your time. Please do not push yourself too hard trying to get over your fear of falling but commit yourself to it. Falling a few times is also ideal. This way, your body is aware of what not to do when skating.
Learning the proper falling technique will lessen your fear of falling a great deal.
Lastly, bear in mind that falling from a skateboard doesn’t mean poor skill or ineptitude. Good skateboarding involves falling. And a lot of it, especially for beginners. Expert skaters will tell you they experienced a good number of falling when they started, but you can adequately protect yourself by following the above tips as you board up.