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Can I prevent skating injuries by hiring a trainer?

Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
Emergency Room Nursing
Working with your coach and a trainer are good ways to prevent skating injuries. Your coach can assist you in proper form and your trainer can assist you in gaining strength to be able to maintain proper form throughout your on ice time. 
Hiring a certified trainer is an excellent idea. A qualified instructor can assess general imbalances throughout the body, and design a program that includes appropriate flexibility, core, balance, strength, and power exercises. A good trainer will teach ideal technique throughout the program and even help with mental focus and discipline. All of these aspects can carry over to skating, and by increasing the abilities within the components of fitness, injury is less likely to occur during all sporting activities.

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