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6 Tips for Recovering From Fear After an Ice Skating Injury

Ice skating is an admittedly dangerous sport, and accidents resulting in injuries are fairly commonplace. While sustaining an injury while ice skating isn’t too difficult, getting back on the ice after a serious injury can be. If you are currently struggling with your fear but know that deep down that you want to keep skating, the following 5 tips may help you to head back to the rink with confidence.

  • Watch Footage of Pro Skaters – Even professional skaters fall all the time, most of the time without injuring themselves. Seeing people you look up to fall and maybe even get hurt once in awhile but get back up anyway can help to rebuild your determination to get back up onto the ice yourself.
  • Check Your Equipment – Knowing that your skating equipment is as prepared for the ice as it can be can make you feel more prepared by extension. As you prepare your skates, imagine you are preparing yourself, and the more prepared they are, the more prepared you are.
  • Don’t Push Yourself – If you are getting over an injury, skating may be a little harder than usual and you may be slightly more prone to making mistakes that will lead to injuries. Giving yourself as much time as you need to heal thoroughly is a good idea, but if you force yourself to return to the rink while you are still healing, be sure and take things slowly and be gentle with yourself to prevent further injuries that could make your fears even worse.
  • Practice Skating In Your Mind – Focus on imagining everything going exactly as you want it to and having a great time, performing a trick just right or perhaps winning a medal. You can even put on your skates as you do this. The point is to rebuild and strengthen positive associations with skating so that they become more important than the negative association created by your injury. It’s a silly sounding anxiety treatment technique, but it’s a valuable one.
  • Alter Your Memory of the Injury – Replay the moment when your injury occurred in your mind. Make it as vivid as possible, recalling all the sounds, smells, colors and textures associated with it, as well as all the sensations and emotions you felt. Once you have a picture of this in your mind, imagine the picture shrinking and fading, and the smaller it gets and the more black and white it becomes, the quieter the sounds get and the more far away the emotions feel. Anytime the event comes back to you when you don’t want it to, do this again. After a while, the memory won’t return as vividly, and your fear will decrease.
  • Exercise – This is probably an obvious tip, but exercising off the ice while you are working to overcome your fear can help you build confidence in the strength and resilience of your body and help you to feel prepared for anything that might happen. On the other hand, letting your muscles weaken while you feel unable to skate will only make it more difficult when you do return to the rink.

Don’t let fear come between you and the activity you love. By following the above tips you will soon find yourself slicing through that ice with a vengeance and making it think twice about causing you any more trouble.

Calm ClinicAbout the Author: Ryan Rivera has seen the way that injuries can affect athletes and their anxiety. He writes about other tools to cope with anxiety at www.calmclinic.com.

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What Are Your Personal Goals for Figure Skating?

by Katherine Ruch

The start of a new year almost forces you to reflect back on the year you just had as well as prepare for the one that is ahead of you. My year essentially started with breaking in new skates, a daunting yet exciting task! A highlight from 2011 for me was a fall competition where I managed to not let my nerves destroy the experience. It was the first competition I have ever done where I didn’t feel like l fell apart while out on the ice!

Another highlight last year was passing that Silver Moves Test after the sixth try. I had begun to question whether I would ever be able to pass that darn thing! On the other hand, it was frustrating to hurt my hip in December. It got to a point where it hurt me to do usually simple things like stroking and crossovers.

While at the Doctor getting it looked at I did have a funny interaction with the Radiology Tech. He asked me if I hurt my hip doing a Triple Axel and I just about fell on the floor laughing. Even though I said “No, I said I was a skater, I never said I was a good one,” this interaction did get me thinking about how critical I am of myself. Even though I can safely say that I will never skate as well as the people we all get the joy of watching on the television, I shouldn’t let that stop me from being the best skater that I can be! It ended up that the hip injury took nothing but a lot of patience for it to get better but that seems to be the thing that I’m usually lacking!!

If the new year doesn’t get somebody pondering those goals, watching Nationals on the television sure will! As I sat glued to the television all weekend, I did manage to plot out the upcoming season in my head for both myself and my students. Before the end of the year 2012, I have set out to be able to do a Flying Camel, land an Axel, pass the Adult Gold Moves Test and last, but certainly not least, win the ongoing war between me and my nerves!

That being said, I’m planning on going to about three competitions this spring because there is no better way to conquer your fear of competing than to continue to do the very thing that terrifies you! I may even forget to get nervous at those competitions if I lose sleep over whether or not my Gold moves test will be executed with Jesus-like perfection come March! At the end of those days, I hope I can find a way to rest easy in knowing that I did the best I could do and that truly is the most anyone can ask or expect.

One of the things that I love most about coaching is trying to learn what motivates my students, because I have learned as a figure skating instructor that not everyone is looking to get the same thing out of ice skating. If I have learned anything over all these years of skating it is this: each ice skater is on their own path and that is the one to commit to or you risk facing constant disappointment. As a skater, you have to follow your own path, set your own expectations and find your own motivation. There is no one who can do that for you! I’m truly excited to see what this year will hold…

Editor’s Note: Learn more about facing your personal fears in James Smith’s “Fear Itself” blog post.

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2nd Annual Cyber Ice Skating Sale has begun

Tarpon Springs, FL / November 28, 2011 — The 2nd annual Cyber Ice Skating Sale began this week at IceSkatingWorld.com and runs for seven days, ending on Saturday, December 3rd. The Cyber Skating Sale features discounts on the entire line of products in the IceSkatingWorld Pro Shop, from figure skating accessories to dresses and ice skates.

“Everyone talks about Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” explained Marta Nilsen, managing partner since 2000. “But we had never seen an online sale devoted specifically to figure skaters. Our clientele isn’t looking for a deal on the latest flat-screen television. They want savings on items they use in their skating every day.”

IceSkatingWorld LLC has been serving the ice skating community since 2000 by providing resources for figure skaters, parents, coaches and skating fans. In 2004 an online pro shop was added, offering merchandise from the leading manufacturers within the figure skating industry. Items from the online Pro Shop include protective gel pads, off-ice training tools, dresses, skates, the 2012 skating calendar and more. The products ship worldwide.

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Ice Skating Books & DVDs

Check out a complete list of ice skating-related books, dvds and more in our Associates Store.

Also, don’t miss our recommended movie “Soul Surfer,” available in DVD or Blue Ray. Thanks for looking and happy skating!

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Figure Skater Joannie Rochette – Olympic Courage Despite Tragic Loss

by Phyllis Goldberg, PHD

Just hours after learning that her mother had died of a sudden massive heart attack, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette was back on the ice. One of the favorites to win an Olympic medal, she practiced her jumps over and over again while her father watched with tears in his eyes.

Joannie’s fellow athletes concurred that she was doing the right thing by staying in the competition. They spoke about her inner strength, remarkable courage and determined attitude. Fans around the world appreciated that, with a heavy heart, she was facing the most difficult skates of her life. If, like Joannie Rochette, you are in shock or have been numbed by an unexpected loss, what follows are some tips that may help you begin to turn your upside down world right again:

1. Take control of what is within your reach. Joannie had the drive to win for her mom. She kept herself emotionally insulated, and the fact that she is a superior athlete helped her succeed. You, too, can keep going, no matter how hard it is. Identify your strengths and make them work for you. And have the wisdom to know the difference between what you can manage and what you cannot.

2. Relish the support that comes from those who care about you. Joannie’s loss resonated for athletes and fans alike. And everyone in the Pacific Coliseum was cheering her on. She said that all the love and support made it easier to give her best. Recognize that family and friends want to see you succeed and will be there to help sustain you. You can also find comfort in your spiritual community, a therapist or a bereavement group. You do not have to do it all alone – make the decision to ask for help whenever you need it.

3. Face your uncertainty with the best attitude you can muster. Despite the unthinkable, Joannie still maintained a single-minded focus in the skating competition. And now she will be able to grieve her loss. You cannot change what has happened but you can have some control over the way you handle it. Of course, you may be feeling angry, sad or afraid of what is to come. Be aware that your reactions are normal and common. And try to face them directly as you work through your feelings.

4. Make a public commitment to those who want to see you do well. Joannie’s exquisite performances, and the standing ovations, said it all. You can tell others about your intentions and create a strong reality that will motivate you. The initial goal is to uncover the courage to begin. Re-establish routine in your life, both at work and with family. Set new long range goals and short term objectives. Enlist your staying power. Your positive experiences will give you the incentive to continue. Although there may be stumbling blocks along the way, never give up.

5. Listen to others but primarily rely on your own instincts. Joannie believed in what she was doing and concentrated on the competition. She felt that she was where she belonged. That’s what her mother would have wanted her to do. What is familiar can be calming – have faith in what you are doing to heal. Realize your hidden internal strength as you trust yourself and look inside for answers. Emotional discomfort can be an opportunity and serve as an invitation to grow.

6. Increase your capacity to be resilient. It must have been extremely difficult for Joannie to maintain her composure and grace under these circumstances. Just as she has, take it one day at a time. Begin to develop strategies to manage stress and release tension. And you can call on your faith or spirituality Step by step, you will be able to turn your hopes and dreams into reality.

In both programs, with not much sleep or energy, Joannie hit the ice with determination. She proceeded to skate what turned out to be her personal best during the most trying time of her life. She felt as if her mother was there helping her. Skating through her emotional pain, she won the bronze medal. Joannie was stunning on the podium – responding to the cheers of the crowd, smiling as she wiped away the tears. Hers was a symbol of a poignant victory, and she touched the emotions of people across the globe.

In the news conference, Joannie repeated that her mother was her greatest fan and her death a monumental loss. Just like for her, you may feel that you are standing alone on the biggest stage you have ever been on, carrying the weight of losing your very foundation. But you too can get back on the ice and skate like you never have before.

© 2010, Her Mentor Center

Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D is the founder of http://HerMentorCenter.com, a website for midlife women and http://NourishingRelationships.blogspot.com, a blog for the Sandwich Generation. She publishes a complimentary monthly newsletter and is the author of a forthcoming book about family relationships. As a psychotherapist, she has over 25 years of private practice experience.

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How to Dress for Ice Skating

by Ryan English

If you are just an average ice skater and you only skate for fun, probably any type of clothing will good enough as long as it will keep you warm. But for professional ice skaters, dressing appropriately is very important. It is included in the whole package of being an ice skater. Sometimes, one still has to consult the experts on how to dress for ice skating. Below are the steps on how to properly dress for ice skating:

If you are dressing competitively, you need to consult a seamstress for your competitions. They will customize the dress with the perfect cut, color and fabric that will suit you best. You cannot just buy dresses like these from the stores because they are not perfectly fitted to your body. it needs to have the exact size of your body shape.

You also need to sharpen your blades right before the competition. There are blade sharpeners that you can buy. Having a sharp-bladed skate will ensure that you movements on the ice will have less friction. It will allow you to move faster in a more precise manner.

Next step is to buy top-quality tights for ice skating. Thicker tights are best for use because they will keep you warm while on the ice. Ice skaters need to be exposed with such cold temperatures because of the area they are skating but they cannot wear pants. With thick tights, it will give them the warmth they need to avoid cramps with the cold.

Women ice skaters usually have skating dresses and leggings while the men wear fitted tops and leggings as well.

For the casual ice skating, the only important thing is to cover the limbs so that it will be warm enough while they skate. If in case they fall off the ice, they have pretty warm clothes to cover them.

It is also important to layer clothes before hitting the rink. You don’t need to wear such thick winter clothing because you will eventually get warm as you skate. Just layer your clothes so that if you stop skating, you can tolerate the chill.

The hair needs to be tied back. This will enable you to stay focus on the ice without being distracted by your waving hair.

Gloves are also good for the ice. It will keep your hands warm while you skate.

No matter how you dress when you are going for casual skating will be fine. As long as it is going to be warm enough for you and that you will be able to skate properly. It is actually better than of the professional skating dresses. They actually feel really cold while skating and still have to manage to skate well on the ice.

If you dress for ice skating, safety, warmth and being able to skate correctly is the most important.

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Ice Skating Tips For Figure Skaters

by Francis Murphy

While some novice ice skaters decided to learn ice skating all by themselves which are possible, it is actually recommended to get some professional skating lessons if possible. There are many advantages of taking these lessons and it is not hard to find a skating rink which is near to your home.

Here are what we can share on Ice skating tips:

a. How to fall: Falling is unavoidable especially for new learners in ice skating but falling can be risky at the same time. Thus it is valuable to learn how to minimize the risk of injury when falling. Some good tips would be to wear ice skating protective gear set such as helmet, wrist, elbow, knee and hips pads to minimize the impact of the injury.

b. Getting professional guidance on ice skating if you are a beginner is the most important tips of all. This is the only way where the beginner can learn how to fall without injuring himself, how to stand still and how to skate properly.

c. If you are skating outside the ring, making sure that the ice is thick enough to support your weight is some basic pre-skating checking to safe-guard your safety.

d. Learning how to make an abrupt stop swiftly is one of the key tips for every ice skater – this is called the Hockey Stop. Then there are T-Stop, Snowplow Stop, and also backward T-Stop and other kinds of stopping tips which one gets to learn to be a good ice skater.

e. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and appropriate socks made of microfiber or synthetic are the best for ice skating. Keep in mind that the rink’s temperature is 50-60 degrees, therefore a light jacket, sweater, windbreaker is advisable. Get some gloves or mitten made of wool or acrylic type is best.

f. It is important to make sure you tie your ice skates the correct way. It is best to tie your skates fairly loose at the bottom part. In the middle part of the skate, where the ankle is, it is good to pull the laces tight. This will give the support that your ankles need to hold you up while you are skating. And at the very top part of the skates, it should be the loosest part so that it will be easier for you to bend your knees which is very important in ice skating.

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