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Great tips for skateboarding safely

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Kids love wheels. And they love their freedom. Today's skateboards, hoverboards and Rollerblading are great ways for kids to get around — and get some great exercise. But when kids roll around, and roll around fast, injuries are bound to happen.

Here are some safety tips courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide:

  • Always wear protective gear — a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads.
  • Make sure the helmet fits snugly on a child’s head. The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under the ears when buckled. The helmet should not be so tight that the child can’t open and close his/her mouth.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 5 should never ride a skateboard.
  • Children should skate on smooth, dry surfaces located in a well-lit area away from traffic. Areas set aside in public parks are ideal.
  • Teach children to check skates and boards for any loose or broken parts.
  • Teach children to minimize the impact of a fall by crouching down as they lose balance to reduce the distance to the surface.
SOURCES:

Safe Kids Worldwide

American Academy of Pediatrics

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