Have you ever suffered any of the most common ice skating accident injuries? Every sport comes with risks, of course, but in most cases, those risks can be reduced by ensuring you follow good safety procedures. The same applies to ice skating, which has been popular in the Olympics since the early 1900s. Indeed, the first Winter Olympic Games took place in Chamonix in 1924, and the sport easily pre-dates that.
But of course, many people who try ice skating are far from being Olympic competitors. Some may only try it once or twice a year, and while we all need to start somewhere, it is easy to over-exaggerate your skills and end up injuring yourself. Suffering the most common ice skating accident injuries can be painful and it can even land you in plaster – or in hospital. Statistics for 1999 alone revealed that 14,000 people who attended A&E departments did so following an accident while ice skating.
Let’s look at some of the more common mishaps that can occur, and the typical injuries that could potentially result from them.
Slips, trips and falls
These are surely the most common ice skating accident injuries. Firstly, you must get to grips with wearing shoes that have a single sharp blade down the middle of each one. This is an odd feeling and balancing alone can be very difficult if you are not used to it. Secondly, the ice is slippery, so you must learn how to balance on this very slippery of surfaces. The professional skaters make it look easy, but when you try it yourself, you’ll find out how challenging it is.
Slips, trips and falls can lead to all kinds of injuries, and indeed the most common ice skating accident injuries can stem from a slip, trip or fall. For example, you could twist an ankle if your skate goes out from underneath you and you lose your balance, falling heavily on one side. Your feet may go out in front of you, causing you to drop sharply and fall on your bottom. This is a major risk for a broken coccyx – a very painful injury and not something that can easily be treated.
Your instinct would be to put your hands out to try and break your fall, but this might incur injuries to your wrists or hands. A broken arm or wrist may easily happen if you fall awkwardly and your entire weight goes onto one hand or arm. If this should happen, you can expect to feel a lot of pain and you may even hear something break.
Cuts to your hands
It’s not nice to think about, but you could end up with nasty cuts to your hands if you fall over and someone skates past you and runs over your hand. The blades on an ice skate are sharp, and they can easily cut through skin, especially given the weight of the person wearing them.
Such injuries are rare, but you should know how to deal with them in case they do happen. St John’s Ambulance provides first aid advice for cuts, but if your cut is a bad one, it may bleed profusely and require stitching. Wrap it in a clean cloth and apply pressure to stem the bleeding. Don’t remove the cloth or pad to look at the wound. If blood soaks through, simply apply another pad over the top.
If the cut is deep, there could potentially be damage to nerves, tendons or any other soft tissues inside. This can require further treatment and some people may need surgery to help repair the damage. Thankfully, most cuts can be dealt with easily and do not require extensive treatment, although you may wish to seek medical help anyway in this instance, to ensure no bones are broken from the impact of the skates.
These can happen to any part of the body, depending on the speeds involved when you fall, and whether someone else crashes into you and causes you to fall. Sometimes, you may immediately be aware you have broken something, but it’s not always obvious. If you experience pain in an arm, leg or other area after a fall, make sure you get checked out. Again, first aid can be very useful in helping to treat a broken bone before you go to hospital (or someone else, if you encounter an injured person on the ice rink).
Seeking compensation for an injury caused while ice skating
Every ice rink must follow health and safety procedures to minimise the chances of falls or other accidents occurring. Accidents will happen, of course, just as they do in many situations in life. The very nature of ice skating makes it more dangerous than others, and anyone who is learning how to skate is going to fall over. That’s why some of the most common ice skating accident injuries occur when no one else is involved, simply through losing your balance or suffering a similar mishap.
But even when you do suffer the most common ice skating accident injuries, you may not be to blame. If the rink was overcrowded, or someone else was acting negligently and you were injured because of their actions, you could make a compensation claim for the injuries you ended up with.
Call today to discuss common ice skating accident injuries
The best way to ascertain whether this is possible, and how much you could potentially be entitled to, is to contact the experts at Accident Advice Helpline. When you call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) you can find out more about your situation and your injuries. Could you claim for being involved in one of the more common ice skating accident injuries, and if so, how does the process work? Our team will provide all the answers on a no-obligation basis when you first get in touch. Secure the advice you need today so you know whether you can go ahead with a claim.