Preventing Figure Skating Injuries

Figure skating is one of the best known sports during winter. It’s the perfect time to take those skates out and to keep your blood going despite the cold temperature. However, this is also the time when injuries are bound to happen. How does one prevent figure skating injuries from happening?

 

Common Injuries:

*Tendonitis

*Muscle strains of the hip

*Ankle sprains

*Dislocation of the patella or shoulder

*Head Injury

*Lacerations

 

CAUSES

Poor Technique and Over Training

Figure skaters, especially those who compete in known events, are known to have tremendous training. A training schedule should be followed strictly, and there should be adequate rest days prior to competing. Also, poor technique impacts the landings. If you have poor technique, the risk for injuries is automatically increased.

Improper Equipment

Footwear is one of the major things that a figure skater should invest in. If the boot of your shoe is too stiff, the range of motion would definitely be limited, especially at the ankle, knee, hip and back areas. This might result to muscle weakness. The blades should properly be placed, too, and should have certain sharpness to avoid traumatic injuries.

 

PREVENTION

Technique

A figure skater should know better than to have high force landings especially while training. Poorly mastered or new jumps are not to be repeated again and again. Instead, a figure skater should know well enough a jump first before executing it.

Proper Warm-Up

Prior to putting on skates and stepping on the ice, a warm-up exercise for 5 to 10 minutes should be done. This is also advisable if you are planning to explore on new jumps.

The Shoes Should Fit

Skating boots are best fitted and tested before doing the usual jumps. The skate blades should also be adjusted and sharpened appropriately.

Off-Ice Practices

It is best to perform off-ice jumps and exercises to improve one’s core strength and fitness.

Eat Heartily

Most figure skaters, most especially girls, are at risk for having eating disorders. They are more concerned with their physical appearances, especially when performing, that they sometimes choose not to eat.

Pain-Free Performances

Never ever skate when you are currently experiencing pain. It is best to seek medical attention especially if the symptoms persist.

Communicate

If you are training with a coach, make sure you always keep an open-door policy in terms of communication. You have to listen to your coach’s advices, especially on enhancing your techniques, and even when it’s regarding your overall health and safety.