So you’ve finally mastered the art of the sport you’ve been yearning to perfect for ages. However, it doesn’t make sense if you have no clue of the right way to fall. It is fantastic knowing how to skateboard; however, it is not the same when it comes to taking a bad fall and hurting yourself. Falling off of a skateboard is unavoidable, but staying injury free even after a fall is what makes you a good skateboarder. Learning tricks to keep you from being injured will improve your performance and will also make you confident.
Hitting the ground hard, getting hit on the shin and the ‘masonite burn’ is all part and parcel of skateboarding. However, learning how to fall in the right way will keep your injuries to the bare minimum. Falling the wrong way can lead to fractures, bruises and even a concussion. During the initial stages, falling is inevitable; there is no way to avoid it. In fact, not falling early on will prevent you from getting the confidence you need to get back on the board. Ultimately you will understand that you can fall and still not be affected much by the fall when you do it the right way. Always wear your helmet and pads to protect yourself, and this will ensure you have a little more confidence and avoid fatalities.
It is common for people to start flailing wildly when they lose their balance. This act increases the chances of falling, as it is challenging to balance back on the board when your legs and hands are moving vigorously in different directions. The smart thing to do in such a situation is to crouch low. This shortens the distance between your body and the road thereby reducing the impact if the fall happens. Also, the lowered centre of gravity when crouching prevents your fall from being dramatic. It is common that the body stiffens and gets tensed when expecting a fall, but if you relax the body, then the injuries from the fall will be milder in comparison.
Also, you would benefit by tucking your head and elbows. Your safety gear when skateboarding will break most of the fall, so you can confidently tuck. Once you gain experience, you can try tucking and rolling as you fall. Being the best way to fall, this method saves you from a lot of pain. Rolling will help you land on your back and minimize any impact. Keeping up with the falling momentum will also help. You can keep the momentum up by either running or sliding on the knee the minute you lose balance.
Experience with falling will help you try new things on the skateboard. Even if you have a lot of experience and have mastered the art of falling right, you may falter sometimes, and this is where the helmet and knee pad come handy. Remembering to wear your gear will ensure you escape your fall with minimal damage. A fall is therefore inevitable; the trick lies in learning to dodge any injury smartly.