Health Tip: Skateboard Safely

Protect your wrists, ankles and head

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(HealthDay News) -- Skateboarding is as popular as ever, especially among younger children and teens.

To keep them safe, here's a list of suggestions to prevent skateboard injuries, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Use a quality skateboard, and keep it in working order.
  • Learn the basic skills of the sport.
  • Wear protective equipment, including a helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and proper shoes.
  • Be careful with tricks and jumps.
  • Stay in shape.
  • Don't use headphones while skateboarding.
  • Know what to do in an emergency.

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