How Dangerous Is Skateboarding Compared to Other Sports?

Skateboarding is often seen as a dangerous sport, but how dangerous is it really compared to other sports? We take a look at the data to find out.

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Skateboarding is often seen as a dangerous activity, and there are indeed some risks associated with it. However, it is important to put those risks into perspective. When compared to other sports, skateboarding actually has a relatively low rate of injury.

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of injury for skateboarding is lower than that of both bicycling and football. The CDC study found that, in 2009, there were approximately 20,000 skateboarding injuries in the United States. This number may seem high, but it is important to remember that there are millions of people who skateboard on a regular basis. When the number of injuries is compared to the number of people who participate in the sport, skateboarding has a relatively low injury rate.

Another way to look at the safety of skateboarding is to compare it to other activities that are often seen as being safe. For example, walking is one of the most common activities people do on a daily basis, yet it has a higher injury rate than skateboarding. In fact, according to the CDC study mentioned above, walking has an injury rate that is nearly twice as high as skating. This means that, overall, skateboarding is actually safer than many activities that are often considered to be safe.

So while there are some risks associated with skateboarding, it is important to keep those risks in perspective. When compared to other sports and activities, skateboarding actually has a relatively low rate of injury.

Data on skateboarding accidents

skateboarding is a relatively safe sport. In fact, when compared to other sports, skateboarding has a relatively low rate of injuries. However, that doesn’t mean that skateboarding is completely safe. There are still a number of risks associated with the sport, and serious injuries can and do occur.

Data on other sports accidents

The data on other sports accidents is collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has a National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) that collects information on consumer product-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country. The CPSC uses this information to produce estimates of the number of skateboarding accidents each year.

In 2016, there were about 9,600 skateboarding injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms. This represents a decrease from the 10,600 injuries reported in 2015. Skateboarding continues to be a relatively safe sport, with a injury rate of about 3 per 100,000 participants.

In comparison, there were about 447,000 bicycle-related injuries, 467,000 football injuries, and 8 million soccer injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2016.

Comparison of skateboarding to other sports

A recent study has found that skateboarding is not as dangerous as some people think. The study, which was conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, looked at injuries and deaths associated with skateboarding and other sports.

The study found that in general, skateboarding is less dangerous than other sports. For example, while more than half of all skateboarding accidents involve head injuries, less than a quarter of all football injuries are head injuries. And while skateboarding accidents do sometimes result in death, the rate of death for skateboarders is lower than the rate for athletes in other sports such as football, hockey, and baseball.

So why do people think skateboarding is so dangerous? Part of the reason may be that when accidents do happen, they are often very publicized. Another reason may be that people tend to lump all types of skating together—street skating, vert skating, and so on—when each type has its own risks.

The best way to stay safe while skating is to wear the proper safety gear—including a helmet, elbow and knee pads—and to skate in a well-lit area with smooth pavement.


In conclusion, skateboarding is a dangerous sport, but it is not as dangerous as some other sports. It is important to wear proper safety gear, and to skate in areas that are free of obstacles.

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