- Team USA
- U.S. Synchronized Skating Team
- S.T.A.R.S. Off-Ice Testing
- Team USA Prep Seminar
- DREAM Program
- Sports Sciences and Medicine
- Tests Passed/U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalists
- Getting Started in Pairs and Ice Dancing
- Special Achievement Awards
- Nonqualifying Competitions Outside North America
One of U.S. Figure Skating's top sports medicine and science initiatives is to reduce the rate of injury across all figure skating disciplines and competitive levels. This is no small task given the nature of our sport, but there are things we can do to support the effort.
Great athletes make great skaters! Participate in S.T.A.R.S. (Skater Talent Identification and Recognition System) to prevent injury by keeping your athleticism curve ahead of your skills curve. Click here to learn more about S.T.A.R.S.
- Posture and core strength (PDF)
- Cross training (PDF)
- Off-ice FAQs (PDF)
- Selecting an off-ice specialist (PDF)
Boot and Blade
Ask Mr. Edge
- 2007 Equipment Review (PDF)
- Blades - Skates - Toes (PDF)
- Pronation (PDF)
- New Skates (PDF)
- Ankles (PDF)
- Adult Needs (PDF)
Research - knowledge is power!
U.S. Figure Skating supports research related to the application of sports science and medicine to competitive figure skating and especially research related to injury prevention. Click here to learn more about the research program.
Statistics and Treatments
In the future, we hope that the injury prevention initiatives we put in place will provide you with statistics regarding injury and illness rates and methods of treatment across ages, competitive levels and geographic regions.
Conditioning + Rehab = SPIN!
Looking for professional information on conditioning or the treatment and prevention of figure skating injuries? Check out SPIN!, the Skating Practitioner's Information and Idea Network to learn what figure skating practitioners do.