Landing my axel..............again
Scary off-ice training
I have been seeing a lot of scary off ice training lately...
Girls jumping rope on pavement with bare feet, skaters not stretching, pre teens doing WAY too advances workouts.
I have also seen skaters jumping on 3 plus sessions a day.
This leads to injury. Are people not getting it????
Sitting Here on Blue Jay Way
Alot of people, especially younger athletes, arn´t aware of the dangers of exessive or dangerous work out regements. Yes their parents and especially coaches should watch out for them or advise them but they cannot be watched 24/7. I still jump rope in barefeet when I´m doing it by myself even though it hurts everytime I catch my toes. Plus there are quite a few trainers and coaches who have no training and enjoy a sport, but don´t know what they are talking about and have no idea the dangers involved. There are also those who are living through their kids and push them harder to improve.
It can take alot for an athlete to admit the cause of an injery as well. I twisted my landing knee awhile back and even though it hurt to jump I continued with doubles almost exclusivly for about 6 months after the fact becuse I figured it was nothing, in the end I couldn´t jump for 6 months I´d messed it up so bad.
Adolesants, especially athletes, think they are invincable and tend to under play the severity of their injeries and push past their limit because they don´t know it.
This is a hefty topic. My coach is constantly stressing proper body care. She says, "It's not a race to the finish." She strongly believes under 13 year old skaters should not compete above juvenile due to having a pre-teen body and growth patterns.
She won't even let me do off-ice jumps unless I have my athletic shoes with my orthodics (I'm flat-footed). Except when doing my program, I am only allowed to do Biellmans on Tuesday or Thursday, due to back strain. I just started plyometrics, but I am only allowed to train 30 minutes once a week on a non-skating day.
My coach often says, "what's the point of a gold medal if you have to get both hips replaced before age 30?"
it's olympic season :D
It sounds like you have a really good coach. There are a lot of dangers when young kids train too hard. Sometimes coaches see talent and get greedy and just want to get as much out of the kid while they can and could care less if they are in constant pain after ending their skating career. And when you are young, you don't know your body as well. You aren't as familiar with the feelings of your body saying stop, or enough is enough. Having a coach with a good head on their shoulders and parents concerned that their kids are having a well-balanced life are what (in my opinion) saves young athletes, since the athletes themselves are sometimes too young to know what is the right course of action for them and are too afraid to stand up to a bad coach or "stage parent".
Originally Posted by princess-ice
MORE IS NOT NECESSARILY BETTER. It can actually be counterproductive if all the activities lead to fatigue and injury. Some activities in themselves can be unnecessarily high risk for injury. Therefore, parents need to be very vigilant about what they're allowing their kids to do and how much.
Apparently, a common long term damage that people may not be aware of is debilitating hip problems. When a skater reaches their 40s or 50s a lot of them require hip surgery, but I'm sure no kid or parent is thinking about those things.
Last edited by passion; 07-25-2008 at 11:40 PM.
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