Inline skating, skateboarding and scootering

The most common injuries from wheeled sports are sprains, strains and broken arms due to falling.

When inline skating, skateboarding or riding a scooter:

  • Choose the right helmet for your activity. Read the helmet label or packaging to see what sports the helmet is for.
    • Bike helmets can be used for cycling, scooters, and inline skating
    • Skateboard helmets should be worn for inline tricks and skateboarding
    • Multi-sport helmets are designed for several activities
  • Wear your helmet correctly and always fasten the straps. Follow the 2-V-1 rule:
    • only 2 fingers should fit between your eyebrows and the helmet
    • the straps should form a V around your ears
    • only 1 finger should fit between your chin and the chin strap.
  • Wear wrist guards to prevent breaking your wrist or forearm. Do not wear wrist guards  when using a scooter since you need to move your wrists to control the handle bars.
  • Ride in a safe place that has a smooth surface and is away from traffic.
  • Use skateboard parks for doing tricks, not homemade ramps.
  • Do not ride at night or in wet weather.
  • Wear closed-toe, slip-resistant shoes.
  • Do not wear headphones.
  • Never hold onto a moving bike, bus or car.
  • Parents should supervise children between 5-10 years of age
  • Children under the age of 5 should not use a skateboard.  They do not have the required maturity and skills.

Hoverboards

Hoverboards are new and there have been many problems with them.  There have been many reports in the U.S. of them catching fire.  Also, emergency departments have reported fractures from riders falling from the hoverboards.  Health Canada and the CPSC recommend the use of helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.  This will lower the risk of fractures, sprains and other injuries if there is a fall.