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Strengthening the Figure Skater: Considerations for Injury Prevention and Performance

Mohney, Gretchen MA, ATC, CSCS1; Miller, Michael G. PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, TSAC-F2; Hanson, Nicholas PhD, CSCS3

Strength and Conditioning Journal: June 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 3 - p 58–65
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000220
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ABSTRACT ATHLETES WHO PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS FIGURE SKATING DISCIPLINES COULD BENEFIT FROM SPECIFIC STRENGTHENING EXERCISES TARGETING THE TRUNK, HIP, AND LOWER EXTREMITY TO PREVENT INJURY AND ENHANCE PERFORMANCE. PARTICULAR ATTENTION SHOULD BE PLACED ON STRENGTHENING THE TRANSVERSE ABDOMINIS, MULTIFIDUS, AND GLUTEAL MUSCLES FOLLOWED BY BALANCE AND POWER TRAINING. THE EXERCISE PROGRAMS PRESENTED SHOULD ALSO INCREASE POSTURAL CONTROL AND REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF HIP-RELATED INJURY IN SKATERS. IN ADDITION, THESE EXERCISES CAN BE COMPLETED DURING THE ENTIRE TRAINING YEAR, WITH REDUCED INTENSITY AND VOLUME OF WORK LOWER DURING SPECIFIC COMPETITION PERIODS.

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1Undergraduate Athletic Training Professional Program, Department of Human Performance and Health Education, Western Michigan University;

2Post Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program, Department of Human Performance and Health Education, Western Michigan University; and

3Exercise Physiology, Department of Human Performance and Health Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Address correspondence to Gretchen Mohney, gretchen.mohney@wmich.edu.

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Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Gretchen Mohney is the Interim Program Director for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Professional Program in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education at Western Michigan University.

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Michael G. Miller is a Professor and Director of the Post Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education at Western Michigan University.

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Nicholas Hanson is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education at Western Michigan University.

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