Dec 07, 2013 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Keep the good times rolling—or gliding—this season by following these injury prevention tips.

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Ice Skating Safety

Check the Fit

Skates that have been broken in will be more comfortable. Ensure that they fit snug around your ankle to allow full range of motion beginning at your ankle, knee, hip and back.

Learn the Basics

If you’re a novice, take a lesson and learn how to stop, and the safest way to fall. Skate along the sideboards until you feel steady. Get up as quickly as you can after a fall.

Follow Protocol

Always skate in the rink’s recommended direction (usually counterclockwise). Do not rest against the sideboards.

In the Great Outdoors

Go skating only in recommended and sanctioned areas that have been deemed safe to support weight of skaters. Indoors or out, check the rink for large nicks and gouges that may lead to a stumble.

Stretch Out

Stretch for five to 10 minutes to warm up and increase your flexibility before lacing up your skates. You are less likely to be injured in a fall if you have full range of motion.

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