Ice Skating Safety

Skating Safety

Skating Safety


Safety is always our primary concern: we know it is yours too.

  • Before your child starts a figure skating training program, take him or her to the doctor for a physical exam. The doctor can help assess any special injury risks your child may have.
  • Make sure your child wears all the required safety gear every time he or she competes or practices. Figure skaters may need helmets, wrist guards, “crash pads”, etc.
  • Teach your child not to skate through pain. If your child gets injured, see your doctor. Follow all the doctor’s orders for recovery, and get the doctor’s OK before your child returns to skating.
  • Talk to and watch your child’s coach. Coaches should emphasize safety and understand the special injury risks that young skaters face.
  • Inspect the facilities where your child trains and competes. The ice should be in good condition and floors should be padded. Safety harnesses should be used when your child does new or difficult moves or jumps.
  • Encourage your child to express concern about doing difficult moves or jumps. Don’t let the coach push your child to do things he or she is not ready for.
  • NEVER allow your child to be alone with the coach in the rink, car, competition, etc.. Never agree to share a hotel room at competitions. Teach your child about respectful dialogue and touching. Encourage a safe environment where your child can report anything that makes him/her feel uncomfortable.
  • Above all, keep skating fun. Putting too much focus on winning can make your child push too hard and risk injury.