Skateboarding is the pastime of millions around the world and also a top means of transportation especially in major cities where riders can combine the use of public transport and electric skateboards to get wherever they want to go.
It doesn´t matter if you just surf the pavement with your Woboard for 300mts between your home and the train station. Safety is the key. The use of protection may save you from a scratch or even save your life. The Woboard can go up to 35 km/h, so, advisable protective set for both, professionals and amateur riders is the same: helmet, body armor, pads and shoes.
Helmet: The primary function of the helmet is, of course, to prevent head injuries and to reduce the impact in case of a fall. If someone is surfing down the road at 20 km/h on the Woboard s and feel confident enough to take it to 30 or 35km/h in third gear, wearing a helmet may prevent the rider from suffering a head injury in case of stepping on a rock or missing a spot due to sketchy pavement which may lead to a fall. In that case it´s likely that if the rider is wearing the other protective gears, he or she won´t suffer from any major injuries and will keep on riding. There are two types of helmets when it comes to skateboarding: one it´s good for a single use and the other can suffer more than one fall and it will still do it´s job.
To wear a helmet properly, first make sure it´s the right size and it has a good buckle and strap so it´s comfortable and safe. Then adjust it under the chin. In-like skate and cycling have different standards for helmets, make sure yours meets the skateboard standard. Enskate helmets are available in store.
Pads: Good quality pads assure you can fall more than once and the pad will still do its job but, comfort is the key. Make sure they are breathable and conform to your articulations for a tight comfortable fit. Inner soft double density EVA material isn´t itchy and reduces impact load allowing air permeability and sweat-saving.. The best pads are made with ballystic nylon and those which include a high density plastic shell are only good if that plastic is attached to the padding with a reinforced rivet. Proper protection for elbows, knees and wrists can reduce impact up to 90% without restricting the movement.
Types of pads:
Wrist pads / Wristers: Wrist pads keep you rather on the safe-side when it comes to an emergency landing. The majority of bone lesions is due to a hyperextension of the wrist, which causes a fracture by compression of the low end of the radius (a very frequent fracture in skating) These pads reduce impact on the wrist´s articulation while preventing your hand from scratches or other injuries. Hence, it provides confidence while riding, since having to put your palms on the floor is not a totally bad idea.
Elbow pads: In skateboarding, one of the most common injuries are on the elbows and that is where the importance of wearing elbow pads comes from. The high density plastic shell can prevent riders from breaking their elbows or from suffering some other serious injuries since these gears reduce impact up to 90%.
Knee pads/ Kneelets: Sometimes, the safest way to fall is to slide on one´s knees. This gears protect the knees without restricting the movement and are essential while riding. Knee pads are designed to make skateboarding more enjoyable and to provide confidence to riders.
The procedure for wearing any of these gears is very similar: make sure it´s the right size and it fits. Just adjust the velcros, make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy a smooth and safe ride.
Ride safe, test your speed and enter enSkate store to check out all the protective gears available!