•Muscle sprains and strains – often the hamstring or groin
•Wrist injuries – Skater uses wrist to brace self during a fall
•Arm injuries – Skater uses arm to brace self during a fall
•Lacerations – Due to contact with the ice skate blade
•Minor head injuries with suspected mild concussions
Primary Health Urgent Care medical staff provide expert care when patients need stitches, x-rays, splinting and initial concussion care. Our Sports Medicine specialists are available for patients who need ongoing concussion management or further care for orthopedic and sports injuries.
On the upside, ice skating can be an excellent way to spend time with loved ones and get beneficial exercise!
To prevent skating injuries, follow these guidelines:
•Warm up and stretch before getting onto the ice
•Children and inexperienced skaters of all ages should wear a helmet when on the ice
•Don’t try skills that are beyond your ability without professional instruction
•Wear clothing that fits well, avoid jewelry and tie back long hair
•Do not skate when injured or overtired
•Locate first aid area or nearest Urgent Care clinic before starting your skate session
•In the case of non-life-threatening injuries, seek medical care in Urgent Care