As beautiful a sport figure skating is, there is potential for some serious falls. The sport involves powerful jumping, flexing and advanced acrobatics, all while in motion and on ice. So, with this added momentum, if you are to fall, it sure is going to be more than just some bruises. Be it a seasoned skater or a recreational one, all are prone to injuries. This physically strenuous sport is stressful for your muscles, bones, skin and joints, producing injuries with the slightest change in timing.
Most commonly occurring injuries
Since figure skating does not involve wearing any kind of protection, any body part could be injured. The most commonly observed injuries include concussion which occurs after a hard fall to the ground, head first. Wrist injuries like the carpel tunnel syndrome, sprains, fractures are common during lifting as well as while breaking the fall. Fractures can occur in the radius and ulna of the arm and the small scaphoid bone of the hand. Knee injuries are another common type of injuries which occur during a fall. Injuries to the knee cap range from minor bruises to knee cap dislocation. The misalignment caused due to dislocation of the knee cap can damage the knee and the cartilage. Injuries to the hip joint and the feet have also been reported. Overstretching of the Achilles tendon can cause major injury to the feet.
There are various recovery techniques to recover from injuries caused by skating. The most common are:
Figure skating is a delight for the performer as well as the audience. Don’t let injuries scare you away from it!