Injury Prevention Training
With the technical demands of figure skating reaching an all time high, skaters are becoming more susceptible to injury at all levels. With proper training and management, skaters can work to decrease the chance of injury while and improve their performance!
In the Gym…
Skaters will be introduced to a variety of basic field test fitness assessments that Podium Performance uses to hypothesize about the likeliness of future injuries as well as monitor growth. Over lunch their results will be calculated and returned to them to use to help build their custom workout over the afternoon. In the afternoon, skaters will receive 2 training sessions: one developmentally appropriate that includes strengthening exercises for the target areas, and one flexibility and stretch class where they will learn a variety of stretches to incorporate into their training. At the end of the day, skaters will “build their own” workout to take home and can use to help prevent injuries in the future!
In the Classroom…
In this seminar, skaters will be exposed to the concept of “mental blocks” that sometimes impede athletes’ progress and performance. Examples of mental blocks include concern around lingering injuries, lack of confidence, and performance anxiety. In the first part of the seminar, skaters will be exposed to strategies that can help to combat these mental blocks including mindfulness, relaxation/grounding, positive self-talk, and cognitive restructuring. Similar to figure skating skills like jumps, spins, and program components – these mental strategies must also be practiced during training so that they can be applied effectively in the competition setting. In the second part of the seminar, skaters will be guided through the creation of their own psychological skills training plan. This will include skaters having the opportunity to experiment with and subsequently select individualized skills that they can integrate into their own training routines to reach their unique athletic and personal performance goals.