Whether you have been Skateboarding for so long, or you are just beginning. You might have probably noticed that on a flat surface you usually just run out of speed or lose balance and just step off the board.
Once you start rolling faster you will want to know, how to stay safe whenever you have to get off your Skateboard.
One of the easiest ways is to stop on the board but also happens to be a great way to practice Bailing.
So Let’s learn to Prevent Falling or To fall with less or without Injuries.
Here we go:
How to fall on a Skateboard safely
1. Prevent Falling
If you want to avoid falling from the board then first make sure you are wearing Proper Skateboarding Shoes that have enough grip, or it is labelled as slip-resistant. Your skateboard deck must have a Good Quality grip tape applied to it, which provides the required grip to your foot.
Learn to Stop Your Skateboard
If You lose control over your Skateboard First try to Stop it if you can. This can prevent you from many falls. However, it is not easy to Stop the board in all conditions, but you can Stop it in many of them if you know the Techniques to Stop skateboarding.
As you are riding. Pay careful attention to the ground and your surroundings too. A small bump or crack on the ground can give you injuries that might not be small. If the Surrounding where you a riding board is a place where there is a chance of getting someone in front of you and making you fall then you must be Attentive if you don’t want to fall.
Ride in a Safe Environment
If you Ride a Skateboard inside your home or in your classroom when the teacher is absent, or any other place with obstacles like a house or a classroom then be aware. Because these are the places that can get you injured severely.
In a Classroom, there are Desks, Chairs, and Benches that can get you injured on your waist, knees, or ankles. And a house is a too small place with lots of hazardous obstacles in it.
Improve your Balance and Strength
Having weak legs with poor balance can increase your chances of falling. Improve your Balance by practising more.
Some Exercises Help to Improve Your Balance and Strength, Try exercising for improvement.
2. Falling with less or without Injuries
Wearing the Right Safety Gears
If you want to Stay Safe and Prevent Injuries, We Strongly recommend wearing all the safety gears you need.
Necessary Safety Gears are:
- Elbow Pads
- Knee Pads
- Wrist Guards
- Padded Shorts
Bailing is a technique in which if you have a suspected feeling that you are going to fall, you can bail out of the trick to avoid getting severely injured. Unfortunately bailing is not going to be easy to learn for a beginner, but it is good to know about them and maybe give them a try.
Here are Some of the Bailing Tricks you can use:
Runoff your Skateboard
If you are losing control, then you should immediately run off from your skateboard. Pretty much you will be taking your first step forward and then just running or jogging at speed in the general direction you were going. You can
You can usually stay upright, and your board should come to a stop.
Note: If you are running off from your skateboard and your skateboard trucks are loose then it can be dangerous for other skateboarders, In this case, you should warn them by yelling louder.
The Knee Slide
Another Bailing technique to fall without getting injured is Sliding with your knees on a smooth surface(Try this only if you got knee Pads).
Remember to have your hands up when you are sliding, and do not reach out with your hands, even if you are wearing a wrist guard.
When skating on a Steep Transition or an Incline, you can go straight into a knee slide to avoid injuries.
Protect your head
When this is definite that you are going to fall then the most important body part that you need to protect is your head.
You can Tuck your chin down and lower your head. You can also bring your arms up to head level for additional protection
Spread out the force
When you fall, try to spread the impact force over a large area of the body. Falling on a single point will result in that area taking most of the damage.
Statistics show that the most common injuries occur When skateboarders tries to stop them while falling, which may lead to a broken wrist.
The body part that is more likely to break in a fall is the one that was kept tense. Loosening your body will allow the impact force to spread.
Roll out of the impact
The best technique to dissipate the force of a fall is to roll into it. By rolling you convert the force of the fall into the roll which prevents you from absorbing it into your body parts. However, this technique is not easy, but it is very effective. You may practice falling and rolling on a padded surface.
Here are the Steps to this Technique:
- Start in a low squat position.
- Lean forward and place your palms flat on the ground in front of you.
- Push off the ground with your legs and move your weight forwards.
- Your legs will go over your head.
- Keep your back rounded and gently try to land on your shoulder.
- Let the momentum carry you through the roll and stand up back onto your feet.
We will always recommend that “Prevention is better than cure”. So always follow these Guidelines to Prevent yourself from Injuries:
- Always wear Safety Gear and a Helmet,
- Prevent yourself from falling by skating in the right place, Practicing more, Working on your balance, etc.
- Learn Bailing.
- Learn how to fall safely. You Should Practice falling, your garden can be a great place to practice falling.
- Now you have learned all the Basics for skateboarding. Now you can start learning Tricks, We have a collection of the Easiest tricks for beginners, consider learning them first before you try Advanced Tricks.