Ice-skating is a cherished part of many winter sports and traditions. Romantic dates, fierce hockey games, figure skating just to name a few. There are lots of reasons to check out the rink. Cold, hard, slippery ice obviously presents some serious risks. Remember to keep the following in mind this winter:
Being aware of some of the more common kinds of ice-based injuries can help you be more cautious and understand when an injury merits immediate medical attention. There are two broad categories of injury to be mindful of: traumatic and overuse injuries.
Traumatic injuries are injuries caused by a single accident. Some of the more common ones include:
- Sprains and fractures
- Dislocated shoulder
- ACL tears
- Concussion or other head injury
- Labral tears, particularly in the hip
- Cuts and lacerations (skates are sharp!)
Overuse injuries are more common for athletes who spend a lot of time on the ice. Repetitive motions and strain place a lot of stress on the anatomy involved. Some of the overuse injuries commonly seen in skaters include:
- Stress fractures, especially in the feet and spinal vertebrae
- Shin splints
- Muscle strains, especially in the hip
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a good place to start when understanding the general risks involved with ice-skating.
Lots of the same tips we recently recommended to skiers and snowboarders apply here. If your ice skate competitively, whether as a figure skater, speed skater, or hockey player, make sure you are in shape before hitting the ice and cross train to mix things up and reduce the kind of repetitive motion and strain that leads to overuse injuries. Stay hydrated so you are alert and aware of your surroundings. Even though it’s cold and you feel like you are not sweating, you’re still using lots of water. Finally, make sure your gear is up to snuff and wear safety gear appropriate to your activity.
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