An increasingly popular recreational activity among teenagers, especially males, is skateboarding. Skateboarding can be a healthy sport if performed safely, with the rider using protective equipment as well as using common sense when skating. Skateboarding, unfortunately like any other physical activity, can lead to injuries that range from minor cuts and bruises to such serious injuries as brain damage. Each year in the United States alone, emergency departments treat about 50,000 skateboarders for injuries, and 1,500 children and teen skateboarders are hospitalized for serious injuries, as well. Tragically for one Brentwood teen, a skateboarding accident that occurred while he was performing an illegal move, landed him in the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
A Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital spokesman said a Brentwood Academy sophomore remains in critical, but stable condition after a skateboarding accident Friday. Brentwood Police Assistant Chief Tommy Walsh said the young male was holding on to the back of a moving vehicle- called skitching , which is illegal in Tennessee as well as every state in this country – when he lost his grip and fell, striking his head on the pavement.
To increase skateboarding safety, a growing number of cities now provide supervised skate board parks, which usually have professionally designed ramps and bowls and are located away from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.