|Just Starting Out|
|Part 3: Getting Hurt and Getting Back Up|
Skateboarding can be a painful sport to learn. You can wear pads all over your body, but you will fall, and you'll likely get hurt before you get good enough to catch yourself. Besides wearing pads, there are some things you can do to help reduce the damage.
So, those times you do get hurt, what do you do about it? The best thing to do is to get up if you can, walk around and shake it off. Every time you fall, your body will learn to avoid doing that again. If you get hurt and you think it's bad, then stay on the ground and call for someone to help you. You shouldn't get hurt too badly from skateboarding, but broken bones are pretty common. If you think you've broken a bone or hurt something bad, get it checked out. You'll hate yourself if you find out a month later that you were hurt badly, but since you did nothing the wound healed wrong and now things are twice as bad. If you see a doctor, take the doctor's advice! Wounds heal, and you'll be fine in no time. After you're better, the most important thing of all is for you to get back on your board, and keep skating.
After you feel comfortable with cruising around, you will likely want to learn some tricks. Most people try learning to ollie first, but there's no rule or best way to learn. Skateboarding is all about inventing your own style, so do what feels best for you, at your own pace, and most importantly HAVE FUN with it.