Tips for Longboarders (And other sports where you get banged up a lot)
So I started long boarding a week ago and I’ve already nearly died more times in the last five days than the last five years (Which is impressive given my track record of ski racing, biking, hiking, surfing, car crashes, etc.) so I figured I would put up a list of things I’ve learned that help the whole not dying bit. This information comes from my amalgam of experience and what I’ve learned of sports medicine from my mom.
1. Backpack: Always have a backpack filled with stuff you need to keep going. In your backpack should be:
A. Bottle of Water: Good for hydration and keeping cool! Keep it filled with water.
B. Neosporin, Band-Aids, And Disinfectant Wipes: You will fall, a lot. You will get scraped up. Carry this stuff to keep from hurting.
C. Ibuprofen: Good for headaches and regular aches. Get a nice big bottle and carry it always. Also, pro tip: Other people will love you when they have a headache and you have ibuprofen to give out.
D. Menstrual Products: Even if you don’t have a vagina, always carry some around so that you can help out the people that do.
E. Sweatshirt/Extra T-shirt: Even if it doesn’t get cold where you live, a piece of clothing adds some nice cushing to fall on, we’ll cover that later.
F. Wallet/Cellphone/Etc.: You need a cellphone in case you get stranded, you need money if you get hungry, etc.,
2. Good Shoes: I’ve long boarded in heels before (It’s actually how I learned, and it got me a lot of impressed looks), but invest in some shitty skater shoes please.
3. Helmet: If people laugh at you for wearing a helmet, laugh at them when they’re head is split open on the pavement. Then maybe call an ambulance.
4. Sunglasses: Protects from the wind and the sun and you look super cool there is no downside to sunglasses.
When you fall, you’ll get scraped up. Get up, get to your board, then check yourself out to make sure you’re ok.
Scrapes: Pour some water over it to get the dirt and grit out, then wipe with disinfectant, slap some neosporin and a band-aid on, and go.
Concussions: If you think that you hit your head, ask someone to check you out. To check for concussion, shine a light into their eye, and if one pupil is larger than the other, they probably have a concussion. Ask a couple questions, Like what were they doing right before they hit their head, where are they, who is the current president, etc. If they check out alright, they’re probably good, but if they get bad headaches, or start sleeping weird, get them checked out by a doctor.
Broken Things: Ok, so if it really hurts, you cant move things, and things are swollen, it’s probably broken. Don’t put any weight on it, don’t move it, get yourself to the emergency room for some x-rays. (I haven’t broken anything ever so this is just something people who know better than me have told me. Ask someone who knows better than me)
Ask those who know: Falling is an art. It’s important to keep things that are fragile from getting hurt. Always remember: Tuck and Roll. Fetal position darlings, it’s your best friend. Try to fall onto your backpack, which is a lovely bit of cushing due to the sweatshirt/t-shirt that your put in there, right? Right? Also, if there is important stuff in your backpack like a laptop, instead of falling onto your backpack, try for your side. Less internal internal organs, less expensive things breaking, painful, painful shoulder scrapes though.
Thanks for reading and I hope this helped! If I missed anything, or something is wrong, please feel free to correct me!
Ao3 Summary: College AU where there are a LOT of longboards on campus. For Castiel, it’s a constant struggle to avoid being hit by one. Eventually, though, Castiel’s luck runs out, but does it?
If Cas has to play The Maze Runner with long boards one more time he’ll scream.
For whatever reason pretty much every student at this damn school carries a long board and goes from one class to another on those grievers that are the four wheels of death. Normally Cas would be fine with this (after all it’s already half way through the semester), but the local skateboard shop had just had this big promotional contest and now everyone and their professor was skating down the roads, sidewalks, railings, and people’s toes.
Do I really need to go to this class or can I just go back and sleep? Castiel mused as he begrudgingly walked from the safe zone that is his dorm into skateboard territory. He’d been clipped, grazed, and nearly toppled over by other students on boards that apparently did not understand the concept of personal space when it came to traffic, and it didn’t help that Cas went to one of the biggest schools in the country.
Life update: poor money management forced me to be evicted from my apartment and I am now homeless. All my stuff is in a storage unit and I am living out of a small backpack squandering around for places to sleep. I have two jobs, one at the radio station and one at the custom art framing place. Unfortunately as a consequence of truly enjoying my jobs, I am not making that much money.
I’m not asking for money or trying to make anyone feel bad for me. I opened up my inbox to tons of messages wondering where I went. I am devolving myself from attachment to internet social media and my phone, so I can work on myself.
Being homeless sucks for sure. I’m not really keen on where I’m heading anymore. The only thing that matters to me is longboarding. I am a very very lost soul. I don’t know why I’m choosing to stay in the northeast area, as there is very little for me here, but I keep holding onto this notion that I’m going to finish school. It’s in the cards.
I took a few gnarly spills this weekend at a few events. I’m a little upset that I’m not better at skating, but thinking about how far I’ve come in the last year keeps my head up.