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The board itself is often a plywood mixture, built to withstand the punishment of jumping and impacts. Many also have plastic or metal rail guards which reduce the damage the board suffers when grinding. The top of the board has an abrasive design to help the rider keep his footing and increase his traction when trying spinning or jumping tricks.
With all the tricks skateboarders perform, the threat of injury is nearly constant. Safety gear for skateboarding includes a wide array of pads and a helmet. Elbow and knee pads are also common. Falling from a skateboard is often face first, so wrist guards are also common to prevent damage to the palms or breaks at the wrist.
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