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Tens of thousands of individuals, mostly aged fourteen and under, are injured each year either skateboarding or using in-line skates. The majority of skating accidents are knee, forearm, leg and hand fractures. Typically, half of all in-line skating accidents occur within the first month of use. To avoid injury, try adhering to the following safety tips:

1. Never ride or skate in the street.
2. Always wear safety equipment, including gear such as helmet, elbow and knee pads and wrist guards. These should have built in heavy plastic or metal splints. You should put your gear on while sitting down, before you stand up and before putting on your skates.
3. Only one person should ride a skateboard at a time.
4. Never, ever, hitch a ride on the back of a car or other moving vehicle.
5. Learn to fall. This can be done by practicing on a soft surface where you let your body relax and try to land on the fleshy parts of your body, rather than the bony parts. Try to roll with the fall, rather than stopping yourself with your arms which can lead to injury.
6. Do not skate on hazardous surfaces. These include broken or uneven pavement, oil, water, sand, gravel and dirt. Skate or ride on smooth, paved surfaces only.
7. Always check your skateboard or skates for trouble, including bent or damaged wheels, and improper alignment.
8. Always be aware of your surroundings. You must not only prepare and protect yourself, but also be
wary of the actions of others (such as opening a car door in your path) that could cause injury.

Following these safety tips should increase your chances of preventing injury greatly, and protect your body in the case of an accidental fall or injury.