Skating is a fun way to stay in shape while enjoying the winter season. But whether you’re a recreational skater or a professional, it’s important to be aware of the potential for sports injuries. Ice skating can cause a range of injuries, including shoulder, ankle, and knee injuries. Some of the most common causes of skating injuries are using poorly fitting skates, falling incorrectly, and over-training.
Use the Right Gear
Visit a sports shop for professional assistance choosing the right ice skates for your feet. As a general rule of thumb, make sure your skates do not allow much movement in the heel. You can add some extra padding to the heel to prevent your foot from shifting and reduce your risk of heel bumps and hammertoe. In the toe area, there should be just enough space to wiggle your toes a little. Tie the laces firmly, but not tight enough to cut off circulation. Wear warm, comfortable clothing that allows you to stretch, but isn’t baggy.
Enroll in a Class
If you’re a beginner, it’s a good idea to enroll in an introductory ice skating class. Poor technique is a leading cause of sports injuries. Pay close attention as the instructor discusses how to safely come to a stop and how to fall correctly. Never use the toe pick to try to stop because you’ll probably fall. The toe pick should only be used for jumps. Instead, you can slow yourself down by turning one blade out to the side. You should also learn how to fall correctly to prevent serious injuries. If you lose your balance, try to keep your arms close to your body and try to land on your glutes. Putting your arms out as you fall can easily lead to wrist, arm, and shoulder injuries.
One of the most significant causes of sports injuries for professional skaters is over-training. Try to limit the number of jumps in each training session. If you feel any pain, stop skating and see an orthopedist.
If you or a family member does sustain sports injuries on the ice, the team at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is here to help. Our clinic provides comprehensive care for individuals with knee injuries, shoulder injuries, and other sports injuries near Queens. Call us at (347) 537-2404 and a friendly staff member will be happy to assist you.