Sport-specific injuries and medical problems of figure skaters

WMJ. 2007 Sep;106(6):330-4.


Figure skating is becoming increasingly popular as both a recreational and competitive sport. As the number of figure skating participants increases, so will the number of active patients who present to their primary care physician with sport-related injuries and medical problems. Figure skating is a unique sport that continues to evolve and progress with participants partaking in more difficult moves and more rigorous training programs. Common problems in figure skating include acute musculo-skeletal injuries and chronic overuse injuries, which primarily occur in the foot, ankle, knee, leg, hip, and lower back. Figure skaters are also more likely to endure specific medical problems such as exercise-induced bronchospasm and eating disorders. Primary care physicians are able to contribute to their figure skating patient's health by recognition and appropriate treatment of acute injuries and prevention of chronic injuries and other medical problems.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asthma, Exercise-Induced / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Back Injuries / etiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Competitive Behavior / physiology
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / etiology
  • Equipment Design / adverse effects
  • Equipment Design / standards*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / etiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / etiology
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal System / injuries*
  • Musculoskeletal System / physiopathology
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Skating / injuries*
  • Skating / physiology
  • Skating / psychology
  • Sports Equipment / adverse effects
  • Sports Equipment / standards*
  • Sports Medicine / methods
  • Time Factors