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How Safe Is Skateboarding? – Tony Hawk Foundation

The Tony Hawk Foundation dropped a new info graphic on “How Safe Is Skateboarding?” recently and we thought it would be good to share it with you incase you missed it.

From their Facebook:
The data in reference is based on one year of Emergency Room admissions relative to participation rates, with variables consistent. These numbers are based on the same data pool as other ‘sports’ related injuries. There are certainly ball players, for example, who limp off the court and don’t get treated. So lets not discount the facts against skaters who might not report an injury. We can’t pick and choose data, that wouldn’t be right.

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Research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12394867

Based on ER visits (Studied over 12 years up to 1998):
Skateboarding: 8.9 / 1,000
Inline skating: 3.9 / 1,000
Basketball:: 21.2 / 1,000

Requiring hospitalization: 2.9%
Involving motor vehicle resulted in hospitalization increase: 11.4%

More research: http://www.familiesafield.org/pdf/injury_page.pdf

Injuries per 100 particpants (%):
Average chance of being injured while playing a sport: 9.5
Tacke football: 18.8
Ice Hockey: 15.9
Soccer: 9.3
Basketball: 7.6
Baseball: 5.8
Running/Jogging: 4.6
Skateboarding: 3.1
Gynmastics: 2.9
Tennis: 2.5

Tony Hawk Foundation:
The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth. Through special events, grants, and technical assistance, the Foundation supports recreational programs focusing on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities, and other causes in the US and overseas. The Foundation favors programs that clearly demonstrate that funds received will produce tangible, ongoing, positive results.
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