Slippery ice, sharp skates and often unavoidable physical contact combine to make ice skating a potentially dangerous seasonal activity. There are, however, a few things you can do to prevent injury when ice skating this Christmas.
Skate sizes are not necessarily the same as shoe sizes, so make sure you get a pair that fits snugly at the heel, but has enough room at the front for you to freely wiggle your toes. Avoid wearing thick, bulky socks, as they can get all ruffled up and create bumps and lumps that will make your skates uncomfortable to wear (and could cause blisters or chafing, too). Once you have a pair of well-fitting skates, practise walking on them before you head for the ice.
Protective head gear is crucial to to prevent injury when ice skating
Prevent potentially serious head injuries by slipping and falling or collisions by wearing a helmet. Highly recommended for beginners and children, a well-fitted multi-sports helmet (hockey; skateboard, ski or snowboard) should not fall off or move after a collision or fall on the ice.
Wearing gloves not only keeps your hands warm, but also protects them against cuts and grazes.
Stretching and core strength
Building up your core strength and taking five to 10 minutes to perform stretching and warm-up exercises before you get onto the ice will help to prevent muscle strains.
Falling like a pro
Whether you get onto the ice for the first time or have years of experience, there is always a chance of slipping and falling. Knowing how to fall correctly will go a long way towards preventing wrist and back injuries. The safest way to fall is to fall sideways, rather than falling backwards onto your tailbone or forwards. Tuck your chin in when falling to protect your head and avoid trying to break your fall with your hands, as this could lead to wrist injuries.
Off the ice
Ice rinks are often very busy. Prevent accidents off the ice by looking out for and reporting potential hazards (spills, litter, loose flooring, and so on) to relevant authorities as soon as possible.
Your right to claim
If you have an accident on the ice because reported hazards were not dealt with within a reasonable time, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Find out how to claim by talking to an Accident Advice Helpline representative on 0333 500 0993 (from your mobile) or 0800 689 0500 (from a landline) today.
Date Published: November 15, 2016
Author: Accident Advice