(HealthDay News) -- Skateboarding safely requires knowing how to protect yourself. The popular sport contributes to more than 15,000 injuries each year, U.S. government statistics show.
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The National Safety Council offers these safety suggestions:
- Inspect your skateboard before every use.
- Avoid skateboarding in the street, and follow all traffic and municipal laws.
- Protect yourself with safety gear, such as knee pads and a helmet.
- Avoid skating in crowded areas where others aren't skating.
- Never ride with more than one person on a skateboard.
- Never skateboard while holding on to a car, bike, etc.
- Practice falling safely on grass or another soft surface.
-- Diana Kohnle
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