Learn how to keep you and your family safe this skating season.
Ice skating is a favourite Canadian pastime and can be a great family activity for the winter, whether indoor or outdoor. Here is a list of tips to skate safe!
- Dress warm! Layers are important. Make sure they are breathable, easy to move in, and can be removed as needed. Waterproof gloves and thick socks will help keep fingers and toes warm.
- Make sure skates are the right fit. When purchasing a new pair of skates, make sure you try them on with the same thickness of socks you will be wearing while skating to avoid buying skates that are too tight.
- Maintain your skates. Skating on dull skates can increase the risk of injury. Have them sharpened by a professional prior to your first skate of the season.
- Everyone should wear a helmet (and make sure it fits right)! This is especially important for children and new or first time skaters. Helmets protect your head and can prevent head injuries such as concussions.
- NEVER skate on a pond or rink that is not entirely frozen. Check with local authorities for information on ice thickness. Stick to rinks that are monitored and maintained and inspect the ice before skating for bumps, areas of slushy ice, or hazards like sticks or rocks.
- If at a public rink, always skate in the same direction as the other skaters and avoid skating across the ice. This can prevent collisions and unnecessary falls and injuries.
- Warm up with some light exercise and stretching to prevent injuries such as sprains and strains.
- If you or your child experience a fall which results in an injury:
- If possible, try and get out of the way of other skaters to avoid a collision and keep your hands and fingers close to your body.
- If you are unable to get up on your own, have an experienced skater help you up.
- You should seek a qualified health care professional right away to determine if an x-ray or other medical attention is needed if you experience the following:
- Noticeable deformity of the injured body part and/or you experience bony tenderness.
- After injuring your leg/foot or falling onto your buttocks you are unable to put weight on the injured part (such as standing/walking or sitting).
- You hit your head and lose consciousness or experience confusion, short-term memory loss, increased drowsiness, dizziness, blurred/double vision, headaches worsening or neck pain, persistent vomiting, unequal pupil size, slurred speech or loss of motor function, seizure, or a noticeable change in behavior.
- If you or your child experience any of the above, be sure to go to the closest Emergency Department to receive any medical attention you may need.
Stay safe and have fun! Join the Health Centre of Milton team Sunday February 19th for the annual Friends and Family Skating Party. See our poster for more information.
Resident Physiotherapist, Alana Boyczuk at the Health Centre of Milton developed a keen interest in human movement, sport injury, and rehabilitation during her many years of playing elite level soccer. Alana’s dream of joining the physiotherapy profession began after experiencing first hand the difference a physiotherapist can make in helping patients achieve their goals. We are excited to have Alana join the team at our office to meet the community’s physiotherapy needs.