By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
We can watch skaters still using the board like Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Grant Taylor, Mike McGill, and many more veterans. Something amazing about these guys is how they inspire us every day with their energy to keep doing what they love.
Injuries are always a part of skateboarding. As skateboarders, we are constantly exposed to that kind of events. Skaters like Tony Hawk advise you to always prepare yourself to fall; you don't know when or how you're going to fall down, and that fall might break your finger bones.
In my case, I fell down and broke my collar bone. It was pretty sad for me to not skate for at least 3 months, and then I knew, more than ever, that taking care of myself is vital for extending my time on the skateboard.
How Does Tony Hawk Deal With Injuries?
In an interview for CNN, Tony Hawk talked with Anderson Cooper, who is closer to the same age as Hawks, and for him, to watch Tony skating made him hurt his bones. A 52-years-old man doing those incredible tricks over a mega ramp - for sure, it will make you feel that Tony is crazy.
So Cooper asks him about how everything has changed with age and all the insane things that Tony did before. Hawk answered that he has been skating for over 40 years as a professional, so he had to learn how to fall because you are always exposed to fall.
"I've been skating for over 40 years. I've definitely learned how to fall during that time and to fall safely for the most part. Every once in a while, there is something that catches you off guard, and you pay the toll," he explained during the interview at CNN.
To him, the best advice he could give to others is to never quit. That's pretty amazing to hear from him because skateboarding is always about giving it one more try, even if you fall, even if you are tired. "It wasn't like I took a 10-year hiatus and then tried to come back to it in full swing," he added.
Tony mentioned that everything is constant, and the fact that he is over 50 years doesn't mean that he began to skate. By now, he has been doing it for many years, and his body and mind understand what he has to do.
However, his age makes him reduce his wishes to break boundaries because he knows how long an injury can last for a man like him. For example, at the beginning of this year, Tony was skating on a pool, and without seeing it coming, he fell down and broke his fingers. It was hard for him but was another lesson to be careful.
"I'd been doing it at this level for a very long time, and even though, it seems like I'm doing things that are impossible for someone my age, believe it or not, these are the basic moves," he concluded the answer about it at CNN.
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