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How To Fall On the Ice Without Getting Hurt

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Falling on Ice Skates

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No one wants to fall while ice skating, but if you are going to skate, you are going to fall. How can a figure skater, especially an adult who doesn't want to fall, fall safely? This article addresses this issue.

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Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Practicing falling over and over again is the only way to learn how to fall safely.

Here's How:

  1. Practice falling off the ice without skates on.

  2. Next practice falling off the ice with skates on.

  3. Practice falling on the ice from a standstill.

  4. Practice falling on the ice while moving slowly.

  5. Practice falling on the ice while moving a bit faster.

  6. Practice falling on the ice over and over again.

Tips:

  1. Wear gloves or wristguards. Knee and elbow pads will also protect a skater from getting hurt if a fall occurs.

  2. Don't allow your hands and arms to swing around or to get out of control while you skate.

  3. Put your hands on your waist or out a bit in front of you when you ice skate, but don't use your hands to help break a fall.

  4. The only way to get over the fear of falling on the ice is to fall, so practice falling on purpose over and over again.

  5. If you anticipate that you are about to fall, bend your knees and squat into a dip position.

What You Need

  • Gloves or wristguards
  • Ice skates
  • Warm clothing
  • Knee pads and elbow pads are optional
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