Gliding into Safety: Tips to Stay Injury-Free While Ice Skating

A person seen from the neck down about to jump into the air while ice skating

With the first snap of cold weather in the air, it finally feels like time for winter activities like ice skating. Meghan McKay, senior athletic trainer in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery, shares some tips before you hit the ice.

  • Warm-up properly for activity to prevent injury, just as one should for any activity/exercise. Beginner skaters of all ages should wear a helmet.
  • Dress for the weather. Ice rinks can be cold even if the outdoor temperature is warmer. Prepare with appropriate clothing items, including hats and gloves.
    • Waterproof or “ski/snowboard” gloves are preferred to casual gloves (especially if you are a novice expecting to fall).
  • Lace your skates appropriately. Skates should be snug to help you keep your balance, but not too tight.
  • Be aware of the blades on skates. While injuries related to blades are not common, they do happen.
  • Novice ice skaters should consider taking a recreational lesson or two before venturing out alone.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings, including fellow skaters.
  • If you’re skating for a long time, be sure to stay hydrated.

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By Anna Kiappes

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