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Medical Issues in Synchronized Skating

Abbott, Kristin MD1; Hecht, Suzanne MD, CAQ2

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000010
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Synchronized skating is a unique sport of team skating and currently represents the largest competitive discipline in U.S. Figure Skating. Synchronized skating allows skaters to compete as part of a team with opportunities to represent their country in international competitions. As the popularity of the sport continues to grow, more of these athletes will present to sports medicine clinics with injuries and illnesses related to participation in synchronized skating. The purpose of this article is to review the common injuries and medical conditions affecting synchronized skaters.

1 Northwestern University Health Service, IL; and 2 Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 2525 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN

Address for correspondence: Kristin Abbott, MD, Northwestern University Health Service, 633 Emerson St, Evanston, IL 60208; E-mail:

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