Each year in the U.S., skateboarding injuries cause about 50,000 visits to emergency departments and 1,500 children and adolescents to be hospitalized (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2002). According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 242,000 injuries were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms in 2003.
Sprains, fractures, contusions and abrasions are the most frequent injuries. The majority of reported injuries were of the extremities. Among these, wrist and ankle fractures are the most common and followed by head injuries. Most hospitalizations involve head injury.
Sixty percent of skateboard injuries involve children under age 15, and skateboarders who have been skating for less than a week suffer one-third of the injuries.
(Information taken from the Public Skatepark Development Guide)