Speed skating injuries can range from bumps and bruises to broken bones. There are a number of factors that make speed skating thrilling and dangerous:
- The speed at which participants move around the track: This means it only takes a slight misjudgement to cause a slip.
- The lack of space: This means that, if one skater is going down, usually a few more are going with them.
- The equipment: Sharp blades spell serious trouble if they come into contact with anything other than the ice.
- The environment: The ice is hard. The hoardings around the rink are also hard. Crashing into either is going to hurt.
Speed skating injuries
- Bruises: Impact injuries are commonplace in speed skating. As mentioned above, crashing into the hoardings around the ice rink is going to hurt. So is taking a tumble onto the ice itself. Given the speed with which speed skaters fly around, it’s hardly surprising it doesn’t take much of a bump to cause significant bruising.
- Dislocations: Another common speed skating injury, thanks to the strain put on the knee and ankle joints, in particular, is dislocations. Whether you are pushing off, cornering or trying to slow yourself down, a lot of force travels through your legs when speed skating. This can cause problems, especially if you lose your balance. There is precious little time to brace your body for impact in a speed skating accident. This makes dislocations all the more likely should your feet suddenly give way beneath you on the ice.
- Cuts and lacerations: Few pieces of sports equipment pose as significant a threat to participant’s safety as speed skates. The blades are as sharp as a knife and will cut through most materials easily, especially the aerodynamic Lycra used in speed skating. Skates are particularly dangerous because of the lack of control you have over your movement in an accident. Flailing legs can very quickly turn a somewhat comical fall into a serious speed skating injury.
Making a claim
For public ice rinks, the responsibility for ensuring the safety of visitors falls with the owners. If you are hurt at an ice rink, you may be owed injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 for a no-obligation chat with our expert advisors to get your claim started.