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Skateboarding Safety Statistics
Skateboarding is a positive and healthy activity for today’s kids that is just as safe, or safer, than many traditional physical activities. Studies indicate that 1/3 of all skateboarding injuries occur in a beginning skater’s first weeks of skating. When injuries due occur in experienced skaters it most commonly attributed to irregular riding surfaces. Accordion to the Canadian Amateur Skateboarding Association only 5% of all skateboarding injuries actually occur in skateparks. From this data it is only logical to conclude that the majority of skateboarding injuries are preventable, and that skateboarding can be an even safer activity when taught properly in a controlled environment. Skateboarding education and fundamentals are the key to creating the safest skateboarding experience possible.
Consumer Protection Safety Council
NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System - a division of the Consumer Protection Safety Council) injury statistics for 1998 show the following sports ranked by number of reported injuries per 100,000 participants.
- Basketball - 223.5
- Baseball - 115.7
- Soccer - 62.0
- Skateboarding - 20.2
C.P.S.C Fact Sheet
- 1/3 of all injuries occur in a beginning skater’s first week of skateboarding.
- Irregular riding surfaces account for over half of all skateboard injuries.
Skatepark Association of the United States (SPAUSA)
- Cites U.S. Consumer Safety Commission study indicating irregular riding surfaces account for 50% of all skateboarding injuries.
Canadian Amateur Skateboarding Association
- Skateboarding tied for last, at 5%, on a list of Typical Top 10 Canadian Sports Injuries.
- Only 5% of skateboard injuries take place at skateparks.
- 300 kids per week treated for skateboard injuries in North America, most of which are relatively minor.
National Safety Council Fact Sheet Library
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 15,600 persons need hospital emergency room treatment each year for injuries related to skateboarding.
- Irregular riding surfaces account for more than half of the skateboarding injuries caused by falls.
- Wrist injury is the number one injury, usually a sprain or a fracture.
- Skateboarders who have been skating for less than a week suffered one-third of the injuries.
- When experienced riders suffered injuries, it was usually from falls that were caused by rocks and other irregularities in the riding surface.