Skateboarding has become an increasingly popular sport that many kids enjoy. It can increase balance, agility, coordination and reaction time. And, with plenty of practice and these skateboarding safety tips, your kids can roll smart and safe.

The No.1 rule of skateboarding is to always wear your protective gear. A helmet, elbow and knee pads, wrist guards and sturdy shoes help reduce injuries. Helmets especially help prevent concussions and damage to the face and head. Athletic gloves are also recommended to keep hands safe, if your child falls.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under 5 years old should never ride a skateboard. Children aged 6 to 10 years old need close supervision from an adult or trustworthy adolescent whenever they ride a skateboard. Parents should supervise their children at skate parks and choose parks that are away from busy streets and highways.

Helmet safety    

A properly fitted helmet should meet the standards of the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell Memorial Foundation. Properly fitted helmets should:

  • Be worn flat on your head with the bottom edge parallel to the ground.
  • Sit low on your forehead.
  • Have side straps that form a “V” shape around each ear.
  • Have a buckle that fastens tightly (there should be room to put only two fingers between the strap and your chin).
  • Have pads inside that you install or remove so the helmet fits snuggly.
  • Not move in any direction when you shake your head.
  • Not interfere with your movement, vision or hearing.


Joanna Cohen Joanna Cohen, MD, is an attending in the emergency department (ED) at Children's National Health System. Her primary research interest includes bedside ultrasonography in the ED.

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