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Injuries and Adult Figure Skaters - Bumps and Scrapes

December 14, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 151

Figure skating injuries are a fact of life! No matter your age or the level you are at, gravity and/or physiology will catch up with you. Bruises and scrapes are fairly benign and be honest now, badges of honor that testify to your devotion to our sport, they give you bragging rights around the water cooler. This past summer, I tripped on my pick doing forward cross cuts (OK, you can all laugh at me here) and slid for several feet on very rough ice on both forearms. The result was quite bloody and spectacular and I got several favorable comments from the young males at the arena that day; the females were a bit more squeamish.

Unfortunately, not all my injuries have been so tame; the scraped elbows were healed in about a week, although I have a nice little scar on the right one as a reminder. Nearly three years ago I tore a hip flexor muscle. At one point, the pain was so bad that it kept me awake at night and I could not walk for long distances. I kept skating all through this time, but there were several elements I could not do because of the pain, weakness and reduced range of motion. Physiotherapy didn't really help and the sport medicine MD figured it was arthritis and I should consider another sport. Having said this, the x-ray of the hip really didn't show very much in the way of degenerative changes, so I started working with an osteopath. I am also now working with a kinesiotherapist who has given me gentle, but very specific, exercises to improve the range of motion in the hip.

But that's just me.... Let me tell you about two other adult skaters that I know. (Names are fictitious but the injuries are real!)

Susie broke a wrist when attempting an axel. It was actually one of her first attempts when she returned to skating after being off for many years and she was in her early forties at the time. She arrived back at the arena several weeks later with a metal pin in her wrist and swore she would never try the axel ever again, she was only going to work on her single jumps and spins. Well it wasn't long before she got tired of that, so now she's got her axel back and has just started landing a double salchow. This was after telling us for a year that there was no way she was ever going to work on D Sal... too hard, she didn't want to get hurt like she did doing axel.... Now it's, "No way am I ever going to work on my double loop... too hard, etc, etc."

And then there's my friend Annie. She broke her leg on a flying camel approximately two years ago, requiring surgery and a whole lot of metal reinforcements. She was back on the ice in time for Adult Nationals the following year... not at 100%, but on her way. Last I heard, she still had a pin in the ankle but was busy getting all her doubles back.

The worst kind of injury is the one that seriously shakes your confidence and instills fear. I have often seen this with adult beginners who take a bad fall and sustain a major injury, such as a concussion and never come back. Their fear is very understandable; as adults we have responsibilities away from the arena, such as work and parenting and cannot afford time off to recover from an injury. It certainly makes me think twice before attempting a risky element.

My advice is to listen to what your body is telling you. Don't be afraid to say "I'm not going to try that element; I just don't feel that I am ready for it" a good coach will help you to work through this fear and devise strategies for helping you build your confidence. I also recommend that you find a good team of therapists to help you with preventative maintenance and when needed, repairs.

So what injuries have you overcome as an adult skater? How did you do it? If you are currently battling an injury, tell us all about it. I have some virtual acetaminophen waiting for you to ease the pain!

If you are participating in figure skating at any level... recreational, competitive or even would like to figure skate and want to know more come and join us at International Adult Figure Skating. There is a new blog entry every Tuesday as well as interesting videos and links to products and services of interest to adult figure skaters. Check out my special $1 offer on how to prepare for a skating competition.

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