Inline skating, skateboarding and scootering

The most common injuries during inline skating, skateboarding and scootering are broken arms and sprains/strains due to falling.

When inline skating, skateboarding or riding a scooter:

  • Choose the right helmet for your activity. Bike helmets can be used for cycling, scooters, and inline skating, and 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, and only 1 finger should fit between your chin and the chin strap.
  • Wear wrist guards to prevent breaking your wrist or forearm if you fall while inline skating or skateboarding. Wrist guards should not be worn when using a scooter since you need to move your wrists to control the handle bars.
  • Parents should always supervise children between 5-10 years of age
  • Children under the age of 5 should not use a skateboard as they do not have the required maturity and skills.
  • 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, and never hold onto a moving bike, bus or car.