Skateboard Protective Gear – Guide for Beginners

Last Updated on November 18, 2022

Skateboard Protective Gear

Whether you are riding a Skateboard, Electric Skateboard, or Skating shoes, you should make sure that you are equipped with the right Safety Gear. We only have one body, and one fatal accident is enough to give us a lifetime injury.

If we talk specifically about skateboarding, there are some Safety Gear that is necessary to wear. But we’ll talk about the Safety Gear later. First, let’s talk about the injuries and accidents that can happen while riding a Skateboard.


Injuries are common in skateboarders. You may fall by losing balance or getting bumped into a car and then waking up in an Emergency Room. Although this is the worst-case scenario, you should always be prepared for everything and take all the safety measures.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries which happen to skateboarders are:

1. Head or Jaw Injury

This is the worst injury, as the head is a really sensitive area, and head injuries may even damage your brain. Even if you are not wearing any other Protective Gear, you should wear a helmet at all costs.

This is the least common injury among skateboarders as they make up 20% of the skateboarding injuries.

Good thing that guy was wearing a helmet. After watching this video I think you will love helmets too.

2. Wrist or Elbow Injury

Wrist injury is the most common type of skateboarding injury. It is common among skateboarders to have a broken wrist. As skateboard beginners, riders often lose balance and fall on their wrists or elbow.

Tip: How to Fall Correctly

As wrist injuries are the most common, it is better to know how to fall correctly, so you won’t break your wrist.

3. Knee or Ankle Injury

Knee and Ankle injuries are also really common. While riding a rider may place feet on the ground in a wrong way resulting in ankle injury, or after performing a trick a rider may lose balance and bend his ankle or fall on knees. 

Essential Safety Gear

To prevent all of these injuries or at least to lower the fall impact. A skateboarder must always be equipped with all the necessary skateboard protective gear and take all the safety measures.

The essential protective Gear includes:

  • Helmet
  • Wrist Guards
  • Elbow and Knee Pads
  • Skate Shoes

Before stepping on board, one must know how to properly ride a skateboard. For that check out our guide on How to Ride a Skateboard.

Also, if you are thinking to buy an electric skateboard, make sure to research if they are legal in your area.

1. Helmet


Helmets are the most essential safety equipment. No matter what your experience level is you should always wear a quality helmet.

Helmet size

It is important to wear a proper size helmet that fits on your head perfectly, otherwise, there is no point in wearing one.

Make sure that when you are buying a helmet it has the following properties:

  • Fits on your head(Not too tight and not too loose)
  • Has side straps “V” shaped on both sides.
  • One that Doesn’t cover your eyes.
  • Has soft pads inside.

How to measure Helmet size?

Helmet size chart

2. Wrist Guards

Wrist Guards

As the wrist is a really sensitive part, wrist guards help reduce the risk of breaking the wrist. A Lot of pro skateboards don’t wear them but that’s because they are a pro. If you are a beginner it is as necessary to wear wrist guards as a helmet.

3. Elbow and Knee Pads

Elbow and Knee pads

Good quality Elbow and Knee pads reduce the fall impact and save you from scratches, bruises, and burns. 

When buying Elbow and Knee pads make sure that they fit perfectly and don’t go for the ones that look good but are good quality and have a thick fabric.

Additional Equipments for Safety

It is always better to be safe than sorry so additional safety won’t hurt and for that, there is some additional safety equipment.

1. Skate Shoes

Skate Shoes

Although it may not seem like it, shoes play an important part in reducing the accident factor while skateboarding.

Shoes that fit perfectly and have a good grip help the rider to maintain the balance on their board. Especially, when you are trying to perform tricks, good shoes will help to execute that trick with ease.

Features to Look for in Skate Shoes

Features to look for in skate shoes

2. Impact shorts

Impact shorts

These are tight shorts with high-quality pads to lower the fall impact. These shorts go under your pants and provide protection to your hip.

Ask a guy who has landed on his hip and he would tell you the importance of this protective gear.

3. Skateboard Light

Skateboard Light

If you are a night rider, then it would get harder to see the path and increase the chances of an accident. But don’t worry as there you can equip your skateboard with a Light, this light will help you see the path and make it easier to ride at night.

There are also some helmets that are pre-equipped with a light so you won’t have to invest in a skateboard light separately.


In the end, I’d say that wherever you buy your safety equipment, make sure that they are the right size and have great quality. Because safety should always be the number one priority.

That’s all for this article. I hope I have provided you with the info you needed. If you have any other queries feel free to contact me.

Happy Skateboarding to you all!

Brad Hanson

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