Ice Skating Technique

Ice skating involves sliding on the surface of ice using ice skates. Ice skating is done on the surface of frozen ponds, artificial lakes and manmade skating rinks that keep the water in frozen condition for skating. One of the first things that is taught to new ice skaters is the technique to get up after falling. Falling is absolutely unavoidable, and getting up is a challenge for new learners. Ice skates require the wearer to have strong ankles, since the tip of the blades is just a few millimeters thick. Getting up on unstable skates is a challenge that will require some getting used to. Beginners need to start skating by keeping the wall in a reachable distance, similar to swimming. Only after gathering enough confidence, can one push oneself away from the railing and try other skating positions.

A technique that can help early learners is the "dip position", where a rider bends his or her knees and moves into a squat position. This position helps a rider avoid falling on the ice and hit one's head. Stopping is another important technique that needs to be learnt by every figure skater. It is not as difficult as one might think and is easy to master. Snowplow is the most used stopping technique, where a rider brings his or her two feet together in a 'V' position. When the two feet meet, the skater comes to a stop. Many skating rinks offer skating lessons for amateurs and even professional figure skaters who take part in ice skating competitions.



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