I would like to know how many of us have broken bones (or other serious injury) as a result of skating, including:
1. which bone(s)/body part(s)
2. how they were broken/injured
3. type of treatment
4. how it affected your thoughts/feelings about skating
5. whether you have remaining physical damage from the injury which makes skating more difficult
6. if there are precautions you take now that you didn't before the injury
1. Spiral fractures of right tibia (about where top of boot is), and fibula
2. I was just standing still when suddenly my foot turned causing me to fall on a twisted leg.
3. Surgery, metal plate, surgery to remove metal plate a year later, 2 rounds of PT
4. I developed a severe phobia when I initially tried to return to skating, so after a year of that, I took 4 years off to start again a couple years ago. The phobia-level fear is gone, though I'm apprehensive and refuse to push myself (not going to the Olympics anyway).
5. I have some permanent damage because of surgeries, the worse of which is pronation plus difficulty controlling my right foot, so RFOE, RBOE, RFX and RBX are difficult (moving my blade to the inside has helped to some extent but not completely).
6. The only way to keep from falling by a foot turning while standing still, is to not stand still. Since I sometimes must stand still (like during lessons), all I can do as a precaution is to constantly think about my feet when a situation requires that I stand in one spot.
1. Broken left wrist (broken radius right at the top)
2. I think the back of my blade caught the ice, and because the direction of the fall would have made me hit my head on the side boards, I turned sideways at the last second... I guess my arm/hand was in the way.
3. Standard cast and a round of PT
4. I was very relieved that I didn't hit my head on the boards, so while I knew immediately that the wrist was broken, I wasn't upset at the time. I was back on the ice several days later (not doing much, but still).
5. After all these months there is still pain, which my dr claims is normal for this type of injury. It only affects skating in that I can't bear weight on it without pain, so if I fall I will have trouble getting back up. Things besides skating are affected, but we are only talking skating.
6. I wear wrist guards now, and try to not be so close to the side boards that I would hit my head on them if I were to fall.