When the temperatures drop below freezing point, jogging and playing soccer outside is no longer possible and the ice cover is thick enough, then one thing is particularly good: outdoor ice skating. This perfect sport knows no age limits. It’s not too strenuous and is great fun with the right friends. Children especially love to tear over the ice.
Every beginning is difficult. The first step on the ice is not so easy for everyone. So here are a few important things for you to keep in mind. Here we have put together tips and tricks for you on equipment, running technique, and safety when ice skating. This makes your first ice skating excursion an unforgettable experience.
Choose the skates that suit you
If you want to choose a pair of skates that suit you, you must first determine for what kind of skating events you need these skates. As an ice sport, skating mainly includes three types of events: figure skating, ice hockey, and speed skating. The skates used in different events are different, so you need to understand the characteristics of each event and various ice skates. Of course, the most important thing is that the shoes must fit the feet, otherwise, it is prone to danger.
Dress and protective gear
Wearing clothes when skating should be flexible to facilitate exercise. Beginners like to wear thicker clothes, thinking that it won’t hurt to fall. But often wearing too much and too thick can hindered the movement. In fact, skating is also a physical exercise, so you don’t have to worry about getting cold when standing on the ice. The clothes can be worn normally, and the protective gear is the same. Protective gear includes helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves. The protective gear not only protects the skater, but most importantly, he can feel safe, so he can let go of his hands and feet, avoid falling, and learn bravely.
Don’t forget to do warm-up exercises. Warm-up activities can improve the excitability of the central nervous system, increase the temperature of the muscles, smooth blood circulation, increase the flexibility and range of motion of joints and ligaments, and then skate after doing the warm-up activities.
Avoid injury when falling
Do not put sharp objects such as nail clippers or pocket knives in your pocket and waist to prevent you from hurting yourself when you fall. Beginners should bend over, bend their legs, and move their weight forward when sliding. If they slip, they must also fall forward, so that they won’t be able to hit the tailbone.
What to do after an injury?
While doing outdoor ice skating, the injury is mainly caused by the hard ice surface. When skating, the body twists accidentally fall and causes knee joints, calf and ankle joints, and other lower limb fractures. At the moment of falling, supporting the ground with both hands or one hand can easily cause distal radius fractures and fracture of elbow bone. Injuries often appear in wounds, and external bacteria can easily enter the wounds and cause infections. And when there is blood vessel damage, there is more bleeding, which can also cause shock to the injured. Therefore, after the wound appears, it is necessary to prevent further infection of the wound and reduce the chance of infection; stop bleeding in time to prevent excessive bleeding. Generally, the wound is relatively shallow, there is no vascular and nerve damage, and it is easy to stop bleeding. If possible, after washing the wound with normal saline, disinfect the skin around the wound with medical alcohol, taking care not to let alcohol enter the wound. Then it is bandaged with a sterile dressing. If there are no conditions at that time, the wound can be compressed with a clean cloth, towel, clothing, etc., and then transferred to the hospital for treatment.