Should Skateboarders Always Wear Helmets? Tony Hawk Has His Say

A helmet is a key piece of equipment, not just in sports, but in day-to-day traveling as well. Time and again, officials reinstate the importance of wearing a helmet, as it can save one from suffering grave injuries. Undoubtedly, experienced riders like Tony Hawk are the best advocates for the same.

During a recent interview, he spoke about the importance of wearing a helmet, reminding everyone why safety gear should be one’s topmost priority.

Tony Hawk explains the importance of helmets

In a recent interview, Hawk answered some of the most commonly googled questions about him. Among the set of questions, one read, “does Tony Hawk wear a helmet?”

Answering the question, Hawk said, “For the most part, I wear a helmet, especially when I skate bigger ramps, and that’s kinda my thing, skating bigger ramps. If I am out cruising, street skating, skating smaller stuff, generally, I don’t.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: American skateboarder Tony Hawk performs at the Sydney 500 Grand Finale on the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit on December 3, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“And I’m sure some people would complain about that, but it’s more about my experience level. I encourage people who are learning to skate to wear a helmet because you never know what’s gonna happen. And a lot of times you fall back very quickly.”

“I’m on a big ramp, I’m wearing a helmet, and it’s saved my life plenty of times,” Hawk added.

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Why is it so important?

Injuries in sports are common. However, in a sport such as skateboarding where players stun their fans with death-defying leaps and moves, the importance of safety gears can not be ignored. From minor head injuries to concussions to even skull fractures that turn fatal, the list is long and scary.

On several occasions, skateboards have suffered such serious injuries which could’ve been avoided, had they used precautionary measures and worn a helmet.

19 Aug 2001: Tony Hawk in action during the men’s skateboard vert doubles at the 2001 X-Games at First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hawk and his partner Andy McDonald won the competition . DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit : Ezra Shaw/Allsport 

Like Hawk himself said, at times it can be a matter of life and death and a simple helmet might decide the fate of the skateboarder in that situation, might be the all-important difference-maker.

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