Skateboard Safety

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Your child wants a skateboard but youre concerned about safety. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the rules you should implement before your child participates in this activity in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Skateboarding is a popular activity among teenagers. It can be a fun and healthy sport that provides an aerobic workout, but it is always important to be safe.

Each year in the United States, skateboarding injuries cause 50,000 visits to emergency departments and 1,500 children to be hospitalized. Most hospitalizations involve head injury.

To improve skateboarding safety, a growing number of communities provide supervised skateboard parks. These may have professionally designed bowls and ramps or other designated skateboarding areas that are located away from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under age 5 should never ride a skateboard. Children ages 6 to 10 need close supervision.

Parents should ensure that children have a quality skateboard, learn the basic riding skills, and wear protective equipment including a helmet and wrist, knee and elbow guards.

Skateboarding can be a fun way for children to get exercise, but parents must ensure that it is done in a safe manner.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.