What is your sport: Figure Skating

Figure skating is a popular sport played on figure skates. It involves spins, jumps, lifts, and more. Typically, it is either performed by individuals, in pairs, or in groups. In the Olympics, figure skating is categorized into ladies’ singles, men’s’ singles, ice dance, and pair skating. It is competition where the figure skater with the highest score wins.   

Scores are usually rated based on 2 factors. The first factor is the technical component, where judges base their scores off of the execution and difficulty of the moves. The second factor is the program component score, where the judges look at presentation, style, and artistry. It is a very specific system that is often called the Code of Points System or the COP. 

Hours of practice are required to become successful at figure skating. It demands commitment and focus in nailing moves and techniques, and in perfecting routines. Overall, various mental, emotional, and physical skills are necessary to excel in this sport.  

Main Muscles Used in Figure Skating

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Common Muscle Injuries from Figure Skating

The most common figure skating injuries include: 

  • Achilles or Patellar Tendonitis: The calves and knees undergo varying degrees of stress – especially in takeoff and landing of certain moves and jumps. Repetitive use and overtraining may lead to tendonitis. 
  • Hip Strain: The hip flexors are constantly used in the skating movement and during various moves. This repeated use may lead to a strained muscle, particularly involving the hip flexors. 
  • Jumper’s Knee: Repeated overuse and frequent training may lead to jumper’s knee or knee issues in figure skating. 
  • Ankle Bursitis: The ankle uses a variety of tiny muscles to stabilize the leg and body during skating and jumps. Similar to other injuries, bursitis happens from overuse. 
  • Ankle Sprains: Due to the lack of support in a figure skate, ankle sprains aren’t uncommon in this sport 
  • Labral Hip Tear: The hip labrum offers support and stabilization to the hip. However, it can become torn causing pain. 
  • ACL Tears: Due to the high amount of stress on the knee and from twisting motions, the ACL may tear or partially tear. 
  • Meniscus Tears or Injuries: Again, the knee is vulnerable from a high amount of stress placed on it. 
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease: The structures below the kneecap become inflamed in this condition leading to pain and sometimes, swelling. 
  • Back Pain: A strong core is essential for figure skating. If the core is weak or the torso is twisted the wrong way, back pain may occur.  

How Can You Alleviate Your Figure Skating Injuries?

The R.I.C.E. method offers a viable and initial go-to when an injury happens. Rest the injured area. Apply ice for 10-15 minutes at a time. Compression and elevation may further help reduce swelling. A visit to your doctor’s office can ALSO help diagnose your injury and determine the right treatment path for you. 

The Athlete’s Choice Massage team provides a variety of rehabilitation services, including massage, osteopathy, orthopaedic assessment, sport taping, and acupuncture. We aim to get each and every client back to their sport of choice as soon as possible. Our team works together to pave your way toward a full recovery. Book your next appointment online today. 

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