Figure Skating and Common Injuries
Figure skating is a demanding sport that requires flexibility, balance, strength, and artistry. It is a skill-based sport that requires many repetitions of complex movement patterns across all disciplines. With the demands of on-ice, off-ice, flexibility, and dance training, overlooked injuries can grow to more complex injuries.
The Top 4 Figure Skating Injuries:
- Ankle Sprains
- Knee Pain
- Back Injuries, from extreme positions or the impact on landings with a rigid boot
- Concussions, can be from falls with or without a direct hit to the head
How physiotherapy can help:
- Addressing an injury early can prevent the progression from an acute to a chronic injury. By identifying injuries early on, skaters are able to return to their regular training earlier without pain, allowing the skater to focus on their coach’s feedback.
- Pre-habilitation and injury prevention can decrease a skater’s risk of an injury during the season.
- Concussions happen in the sport. Recovering from a concussion can be tricky and your physiotherapist can guide your return to sport in a safe manner.
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Written by: Kai-Jing Leong