The Skateboarding Experience
For many people it is obvious that skateboarding can be an exciting and fun activity for both children and adults. But when looked at on a closer level, it becomes apparent that there are more than a few reasons that can make skateboarding a positive and rewarding experience for almost anyone. When practiced safely and properly, skateboarding can build a foundation for future success, as it provides opportunities to learn the kinds of lessons that often prove to be influential throughout a person’s entire life.
One unique quality of the skateboarding experience is the practicality and convenience of the activity. Skateboarding is an activity that can be practiced inside and out, in large spaces or small confined areas. While skateparks may offer the most ideal places to skateboard, a skater can also work to perfect moves in places like a driveway or basement, with friends or by themselves.
Another unique quality of skateboarding is the relatively low price of skateboarding equipment, and the affordability of the skateboarding experience itself. Anyone with a pair of sneakers can pick up a quality skateboard fairly inexpensively and begin riding, learning, and enjoying the act of skating. There are no sign up fees, team registrations, lift tickets, or scheduled practices required. A skateboard can also provide a cheap and convenient source of transportation that can easily be picked up and carried or stored away when need be.
Possibly the most obvious benefit of the skateboarding experience is physical fitness. Skateboarding is vigorous exercise and can be an important tool in the fight against obesity. In order to navigate the skateboard safely a skater must use their entire body just to balance, push, and propel them forward. The physical act of skateboarding works to build cardio and core strength, improve flexibility, and fully develop balance and coordination skills. Once fundamentals are learned safely, skateboarding can become a lifelong sport that is as challenging or relaxing as the individual chooses to make it.
In addition to these obvious health benefits, skateboarding is also the ideal crossover sport for other board sports such as surfing, snowboarding, or wakeboarding. If the waves are flat, the snow is melting, or the water is too cold, a person can help keep their skills sharp and fitness levels up by simply riding a skateboard.
Skateboarding and the Community
Skateboarding is becoming an integrated part of the community and public parks, with an increasing need for teaching skateboarding fundamentals and etiquette in a fun and safe environment. If public parks and related organizations are going to meet this growing demand for skateboarding education, they also need guidelines and insight from reliable and experienced sources like Action Sports & Skatepark.
Action Sports provides the necessary tools through an instructional skateboarding curriculum based on sound educational practices and skateboarding fundamentals. The curriculum involves structured lesson plans and experienced skateboarding instructors. Our organization is dedicated to providing programs that create a safe and successful skateboarding environment to meet the needs of their own community.
Benefits of Skateboarding
Kids are naturally curious and attracted to activities like skateboarding. When practiced safely and correctly, skateboarding can be the perfect vehicle to help kids develop and build on the essential physical and mental skills needed for success throughout their entire lives. In addition to these physical and mental skills, skateboarding programs can also help create opportunities for developing self-confidence as they provide teachable moments for positive interactions with others.
Of the many different influences a child will be exposed to, skateboarding proves to have some very unique qualities. First of all, skateboarding is intrinsically satisfying. Children naturally gravitate to an activity that involves the freedom of rolling, turning, jumping and the different types of movements incorporated into the skateboarding experience. The different heights, speeds, and technical movements involved in the act of skateboarding provide a natural environment where a child can learn to solve problems, build self esteem, and overcome fears.
Because skateboarding is so attractive to developing children, and it is most commonly an activity that they have chosen on their own, lessons learned may be more effectively retained. Educators understand that a child’s success in school is heavily influenced by the early childhood experiences that help form and mold a child’s self-concept. A developing child needs to have positively reinforcing experiences that illustrate to them how they can solve problems, attain goals, and have control over the direction their life will take.
A young person who has experienced the success of reaching set goals, has developed a strong sense of confidence and self-esteem, and can also relate and interact positively with others, is going to approach future challenges and obstacles in life with increased chances for success. When channeled properly the act of skateboarding can literally be the medium to enhance a student’s adaptations to almost any challenge or experience they may encounter in life.