Overtraining and Poor Technique
Impact at landing generates deceleration forces measuring up to 100
Gs in adolescent skaters. This phenomenal force is transmitted
throughout the lower extremity contacting the ice and axial skeleton and
is the main contributor to the host of injuries sustained in figure
Boot stiffness: A stiff skating boot is similar to a cast. The
stiffer the boot, the more limited the motion at the ankle and thus the
knee, hip, and back.
This limited motion may contribute to muscle weakness in the foot and ankle.
Blade placement: Poorly placed blades can cause the skater to shift more to an outside or inside edge.
Blade sharpness: Blades that are too sharp can cause less experienced
skaters to be more susceptible to traumatic injuries due to the
tendency for the blade to "pull" the skater.