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Skateboarding Hazardous: Not So Much

danny way skateboarding fallDo you know what I hate? When you’re skateboarding and a person walks right up to you and says “don’t break a leg,” or some other negatively de-motivating remark. Seriously, I’ve heard it countless times and it really ticks me off. I’m sure many of you fellow skateboarders have heard the same thing or anything similar. I don’t go walking around football fields yelling “hope you don’t sprain your ankle” or let alone hear regular people state horrible things like that about athletes from other sports.

Have you ever thought about that? Why do we get picked on so much? You can get hurt in EVERY sport, almost no exceptions, particularly in the more popular sports.

I recently read an article on Forbes.com about the top ten most hazardous sports in the world. You would be surprised (or maybe not) to find that Skateboarding isn’t even on the list. Snowboarding’s in there, at the start of the list so you know they aren’t disregarding the board sports. And according to them, Basketball ended up being the number one most hazardous sport.

Seriously why does everyone stereotype that we are reckless and doomed for the emergency room. Yes, accidents happen and we have our fair share of injuries, but so do tons of other sports. I can even recall having friends injured from events that occurred when they weren’t even skateboarding, from just playing around or even in ridiculous places like the gym.

We probably can’t do a single thing about this problem but I just felt like bringing up this point. People will continue to judge us and many will continue to bring us down. Stay up my skateboarding friends, keep pushing and don’t let others bring you down.

Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 in Skateboarding.


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One Response to “Skateboarding Hazardous: Not So Much”

  • Eric Muss-Barnes Says:

    Not only do I agree with you 100% but along similar lines, I also find it odd/annoying that people seem to think skateboarding is so easy.

    For example – I once saw a little kid falling all over the skatepark – could barely keep his balance. Finally, he looked at me and told me he had only been skating for TWO DAYS.

    I didn’t want to be mean to the little grom, but I thought, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!?” Go home! Skate in your driveway. Go to a parking lot. Learn how to stand up on your board first! You don’t go to the skatepark when you have been skating for 2 days!

    The worst part – his dad brought him there and was expecting him to carve the snakerun. WHAT!?

    Unreal. The dude was clueless and had no respect for how difficult skateboarding is and his poor son was getting really upset because obviously, he couldn’t even come close to doing it.

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