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Kids Skateboard Protective Gear Info

Kids' skateboard protective gear - does my kid really need safety gear?Shop at XSPKids - Parent's Source for Kids Skateboard 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.

How young is too young for a skateboard?

You can find plenty of YouTube videos of very young kids tearing up the skate park, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of five should not ride a skateboard and that children under the age of ten should be supervised while riding. The younger the child, the greater the chance that he or she will fall, and fall a lot. Think of the differences in how a six-year-old runs, jumps rope, or just pours a glass of milk compared to a ten-year-old. There's huge differential in balance, strength, and coordination. All kids need skateboard protection. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in skateboard protective gear for kids

What kind of skateboard protective gear do kids need?

In order of importance, skateboard protective gear for kids should include: By far, the most important of these is a kid's skateboard helmet. Beyond the helmet, how much skateboard protection your child needs depends on how and where he or she is going skate. If your child is just getting started, you may not want to invest professional-grade skateboard pads until you're sure your kid is going to stick with it, but skateboarding protection for kids is still essential. Click on the links below for more information on kids skateboard helmets, kids skateboard pads, and other skateboard protective gear for kids. Or click here if you're ready to shop for kids skateboard protection.