Short track speed skating

Do you know the most common injuries in short track speed skating?

Short-track skating is a relatively safe sport, but skaters are not completely protected from injury. Dislocated shoulders, blows, cuts and pulled muscles are some of the most common injuries. You can read more about them here.

Short track speed skating is a fast and entertaining cousin of long track speed skating. Long tracks are 400 metres long, while short tracks are 111.12 metres. Athletes tend to start relatively slowly and try to position themselves optimally for the final sprint. Physical contact between contestants is not allowed, but it is not always avoidable. This is when injuries can happen.

The most common acute injuries in this sport are dislocated shoulders, pulled muscles and direct blows to muscles. Cuts to the hands and forearms from the skate itself can also occur. Skaters are also susceptible to strain injury, particularly to the back, groin and knees, because of repetitive training.

On this page you fill find a list of the most common injuries in short-track skating. 

Common injuries

  • Back pain
  • Groin pain
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Concussion