Prevention of Skating Injuries
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Prevention of Injuries to Athletes
Serious Injuries Requiring
Medical Attention Occur More
Frequently Than You Might Think
The number of sports related injuries involving children ages 5 through 14 years includes:
Source - OrthoInfo
Common Injuries of Athletes
Most of the injuries athletes will experience will be to the extremities of the body such as:
The college has put together a page of articles on dealing with common athletic injuries.
Knees and ankles are vulnerable joints for ice skaters. The stress placed on the knee is a major reason for figure skaters experience from landing multiple revolution jumps. In addition there is pressure to cancel the torric of the jump's rotation.
The knee is a complex joint with many components, making it vulnerable to a variety of injuries. Many knee injuries can be successfully treated without surgery, while others require surgery to correct. Here are some facts about the knee from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Many athletes experience injuries to their knee ligaments. Of the four major ligaments found in the knee, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) are often injured in sports. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) may also be injured. for more information contact orthoinfo.
There are two basic causes of injuries that regularly occur to the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) and bones:
Prevention is the preferred way to confront health and injury issues. When an athlete first begins to experience problems, it is essential that a physician be consulted to perform prompt diagnoses and recommend a course of treatment that is essential in preventing an even more serious problem from developing.
Many athletes are reluctant to take off time from training to participate in a profession rehabilitation plan. Some athletes and even parents may elect to postpone surgery because the may not be able to complete that season. This decision can have life altering consequences.
All levels of skaters can experience physical injuries from participating in recreational and figure skating. Skater, parents, and coaches should become familiar with the following different health and injury topics.
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:
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