Quiz the Coach - Skateboard Injuries
Kidzworld's Quiz the Coach has advice on P.E. teachers, skateboard injuries, coaches, teachers as well as other fitness and sports stuff.
I was goin' down my hill on my new china bone reds. I was goin' so fast that my skateboard was wobblin'. Then I wiped out. The next moment I was in the emergency room. And nope... I didn't wear a helmet because I only really wear my helmet on vert. Anyway, I will never go down a hill that fast again. Any other suggestions?
Here's a suggestion, stop bein' a loser and wear a helmet already! Especially when you're bombing down a hill on a new set of bearings. Your head could've been a pile of mush. Do you really want to spend the rest of your life as a vegetable while your mom wipes your butt and your sister spoon feeds you mashed carrots? Wear a helmet all the time - whether you're skating vert or street, at the park or down a hill. Tony Hawk, and anybody who knows what they're doing, wear one - so you should too. You'll save yourself some pain and another trip to the emergency ward.
I was riding on my board one day at the park. I went over a rail and landed really bad and rolled my ankle. It started to feel better after a while but a couple of days later I sprained it again even worse. I haven't been able to skate for more than a month and it really sucks. What should I do?
The best way to heal a rolled or sprained ankle is to give it lots of rest - this can take weeks or even months. If you skate again before your ankle is 100 percent, it'll just get weaker and you'll be more likely to hurt yourself in the future. Doctors frequently recommend the R.I.C.E method for taking care of a sprain... and this doesn't mean eating lots of rice.
R-Rest - Stay off your injured ankle as much as possible. The more weight you place on the injured ankle will only injure it more.
I-Ice - Icing your ankle right after the injury will reduce the swelling and get rid of some of that pain.
C-Compression - Wrap your ankle with some sort of bandage - you may want to get a doctor or a parent to do this. Wrapping your ankle will give it support and help reduce the swelling.
E-Elevate - When your lying down, keep your ankle raised above your heart level. It keeps swelling down and helps healing.
The most important thing to do is to not go skateboarding again until your ankle is fully healed. No matter how badly you wanna jump on your board again, make sure you resist the temptation. While you're waiting to heal, you can still get that skateboarding rush by watching a skateboard video, playing a skateboard video game or even designing a cool graphic to go on your board.
Do you have a question on sports, fitness or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.