Common Health Issues
Skaters Experience

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Common Health Issues
affect Skaters

There are Common Childhood Health Issues that Ice Skaters also experience
Children can experience health issues that may result in serious life altering conditions; however, if parents utilize routine health screenings, they will be alerted to issues that require a physician to obtain corrective medical treatment and counseling if necessary.

       A health condition does not automatically mean this will precluded a child from participating in athletic activities at different levels, including an competitive level. However, such activities means having regular consultations with their pediatrician who, if necessary, make a referral to a specialist.

       All participation in physical training, sports, and recreational activities require careful monitoring and taking preventive measures to follow and maintain recommended physical fitness and nutritional guidelines.

       The following is a partial list of potential problems childhood ice skaters may experience:

  • Visual - symptoms, treatment - glasses or contact lens
  • Hearing - symptoms, treatment - hearing aid
  • Breathing:
    • Asthma - symptoms, treatment/medication, monitoring
    • Allergies - symptoms, treatment/medication, monitoring
  • Diabetes - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, diet, monitoring
  • Addiction:
    • Alcohol use - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, monitoring
    • Tobacco use - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, monitoring
    • Drug Abuse of prescription and illegal medications - symptoms, treatment/counseling, monitoring
    • Eating Disorders:
      • Bulimia - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, diet, monitoring
      • Anorexia - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, diet, monitoring
  • Personality Issues:
    • Stress - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, monitoring
    • Anxiety - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, monitoring
    • Self-esteem problems - symptoms, treatment/counseling, monitoring
  • Learning disabilities resulting from concussions experienced in football, headers in soccer, boxing, etc. - symptoms, treatment/medication, counseling, modified instructional approaches.
Health, Fitness, & Wellness Services


Sports Health and Injury Issues

Adolescent Challenges

Pediatric Health and Injury Issues


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Common Health Issues of Skaters
PDF  Prevention of Injuries
PDF  Skating in Bare Feet
PDF  Dealing with Stressful Situations
PDF  Sports Medicine Links

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