Do you know the most common injuries in figure skating?
Figure skating is sport with high level of technical difficulty. You need to be able to move quickly, explosively and smoothly. A good sense of space and stamina are needed in order to perform well. You need to be in control of your body from your back to your hips, knees and ankles – all at the same time.
The most common acute injuries among figure skaters are concussions, fractures, ankle sprains and pulled hamstrings. Cuts also occur. Ankle sprains often occur outside of training, because skaters often have weak ankles as a result of «living» in their skates. Pulled hamstrings can be the result of a muscle being stretched too far, e.g. in a pirouette.
Figure skaters are also susceptible to overuse injury, particularly in the knees, hamstrings and back, because of a high volume of repetitive movements. Stress fractures in the back and ankles do occur.
- Stress fractures in the leg
- Stress fractures in the back
- Back pain
- Groin pain
- Hamstring strain
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Ankle sprain