2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Reports
There simply aren’t enough good skateparks or skateboarding venues in America.
Skateboarders need safe places to skate. We hope that these figures of our 2011 USA skateboarding fatality report illuminates the gravity of this tragic problem.
As skateboarding continues to increase in popularity in America we know that skateparks and venues set aside for safe skating are the best way to encourage this healthy activity in the safest possible way. However, relatively few communities have accessible skateparks, and fewer still have skateparks that offer compelling terrain and are large enough to accommodate all of the nearby users. When there are no skateboarding venues, skaters practice wherever they can such as along rural roads instead of on driveways, or in public parking lots instead of skateparks. If a skatepark is poorly built, it doesn’t retain their interest and challenge participants. If the skatepark is well designed and constructed, it gets a lot more use.
Experienced skateboarders also enjoy using their skateboards whenever possible, and will skate to and from work, school, parks, shopping…a great way to stay “green” as well as be fit. We are sure that you know someone who skates, or you have seen skateboarders – we are more common than you think!
As skateboarders we accept the risk of injury every time we step on a board and usually do a great job of skating within the limits of our abilities. In our report these skateboarders all believed that what they were doing was within their acceptable level of risk taking.
Not everyone skateboards competitively. Some people skateboard for transportation, others for the recreation and freedom of expressing themselves in a movement art that has all the best benefits of physical and mental exercise. It is an activity that encompasses all ages, genders and races worldwide.
This report is not a mere list of skateboarders
in the wrong place at the wrong time. This report of USA fatalities may mention some of the factors involved. These factors include the differing types of skateboards used, the activity the rider was doing on the board, as well as the skating venue. We list the skater’s name, age, and basic details of the situation that lead to the accident. We also provide one of the numerous online links reporting the accident.
Throughout 2011 Skaters for Public Skateparks (SPS) tracked several aspects of skateboarding activity including skateboard-related fatalities as reported in the media, online sources, and other publishing sources. It is not guaranteed to be completely accurate.
This subject matter requires sympathy, compassion and delicacy. We want to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those listed in this report. We hope that the media will use better details in explaining what happened, using facts instead of emotion to report such tragic events. We hope that all skateboarders will consider becoming more aware in their skateboarding activities. We hope this report will assist in making skateboarding safer for all.
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Respectfully, Teresa Waters and SPS
Skaters For Public Skateparks, Teresa Waters
Reports – Table of Contents: …………………..…………………………
Skateboarding Equipment Terminology – including a short definition of the vocabulary used to describe the most common types of skateboards this report uses. Some pictures provided.
Skateboarding Activity Terminology – definitions of the disciplines this report uses.
Fatalities by State – a list of the number of deaths by State.