Skateboarding is a positive and healthy activity for today’s kids that is just as safe, or
safer, than many traditional physical activities. Studies indicate that 1/3 of all
skateboarding injuries occur in a beginning skater’s first weeks of skating. When
injuries due occur in experienced skaters it most commonly attributed to irregular
riding surfaces. Accordion to the Canadian Amateur Skateboarding Association only
5% of all skateboarding injuries occur in skateparks. From the accepted research and
data it is only logical to conclude that the majority of skateboarding injuries are
preventable, and that skateboarding can be an even safer activity when taught
properly in a controlled environment. Skateboarding education and fundamentals are
the key to creating the safest skateboarding experience possible.
Consumer Protection Safety Council
NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System - a division of the Consumer
Protection Safety Council) injury statistics for 1998 show the following sports ranked by
number of reported injuries per 100,000 participants.
Basketball - 223.5
Baseball - 115.7
Soccer - 62.0
Skateboarding - 20.2
C.P.S.C Fact Sheet
- 1/3 of all injuries occur in beginning skater’s first week of skateboarding.
- Irregular riding surfaces account for over half of all skateboard injuries.
Skatepark Association of the United States (SPAUSA)
Cites U.S. Consumer Safety Commission study indicating irregular riding surfaces account
for 50% of all skateboarding injuries.
Canadian Amateur Skateboarding Association
- Skateboarding tied for last, at 5%, on a list of Typical Top 10 Canadian Sports Injuries.
- Only 5% of skateboard injuries take place at skateparks.
- 300 kids per week treated for skateboard injuries in North America, most of which are
National Safety Council Fact Sheet Library
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 15,600
persons need hospital emergency room treatment each year for injuries related to
- Irregular riding surfaces account for more than half of the skateboarding injuries caused
- Wrist injury is the number one injury, usually a sprain or a fracture.
- Skateboarders who have been skating for less than a week suffered one-third of the
- When experienced riders suffered injuries, it was usually from falls that were caused by
rocks and other irregularities in the riding surface.
Skateboarding Safety Statistics
|Studies show us that the majority of skateboarding injuries occur in the
participant’s first weeks of skating. Although skateboarding has long
been fighting the stereotype of being a reckless and dangerous activity,
most studies suggest that skating is as safe, or safer, than most
traditional sports and physical activities. Drop In curriculum works to
help disprove negative myths often associated with skateboarding
through fact sheets, studies, and statistics. In addition to statistics and
documentation are sample liability forms and guidelines for safe
skatepark maintenance. The goal of this section is providing data for
administrators so that they can in turn build confidence in a sound
skateboarding program for their staff, students, parents, community, etc.
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