(HealthDay News) -- Skateboarding and inline skating, once considered unusual sports, are now commonplace among our children.
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But before your child trie either for the first time, make sure he or she follows these safety suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Replace wheels as soon as they show significant signs of wear, and make sure they are clean and free of debris.
- Wear a properly fitting, safety-certified helmet.
- Wear elbow and knee pads, as well as wrist guards.
- Be aware of the environment you're skating in. Most accidents happen on public roads, parking lots and sidewalks.
- Take notice of other skaters, walkers, bicyclists and cars that use the same areas.
- Learn the proper skating techniques. Consider taking a skating class.
-- Diana Kohnle
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