Kids' skateboard protective gear - does my kid really need safety gear?
So your kid has fallen in love with skateboarding. It's great when the child in your life finds a new sport. However, for a parent (or grandparent, aunt, uncle, concerned onlooker), it's a little scary when that new sport involves riding a piece of wood mounted on four small wheels over concrete and wood. According to American Sports Data, 10.6 million children under the age of 18 ride a skateboard. If your kid is one of them, a kid's skateboard helmet and kids' skateboard pads will help protect him or her from injury.
Just because your child isn't doing any complicated tricks (yet) doesn't mean that he or she doesn't need kids skateboard protective gear. And even though sometimes it seems like kids are made of rubber, you know they aren't. The Consumer Products Safety Council (CPSC) calculates that approximately 26,000 patients go to the emergency room each year for skateboarding-related injuries.A 1996 study by Montana State University (Bozeman)
estimated that most skateboard injuries were to boys aged 10-14 years. If you have a boy that age, this probably doesn't surprise you. The study also found that one-third of skateboard injuries happened during the first week of skateboarding. This makes sense too. Kids think they're invincible and want to start trying complicated tricks right away, before they've had a chance to master the basics.