ISU's 'Healthy Skater' Seminar videos


This series of coaches' seminars was announced last year by the ISU:
During the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018, ISU Members indicated that their biggest development need is education for Coaches.
In order to respond to that need, the ISU Development Commission and the ISU Medical Commission are pleased to introduce a series of seminars that will focus on different aspects of the theme of ‘The Healthy Skater’. Topics will include: managing the developing athlete, nutrition, injury prevention, back to training - post injury, Anti-Doping prevention and other subjects that attendees might find of interest.
Archived video that was live streamed during 2018 Milan Worlds on the ISU Development Projects YT channel:

At 2019 Junior Worlds, the second 'Healthy Skater' seminar for coaches focused on injury prevention:
The Team USA physician's presentation starts here (she is the current chair of USFS' Sports Sciences and Medicine Committee):

On a related topic...

To begin with, a group of 20 experts from around the world – consisting of leading psychiatrists, psychologists, athlete representatives and sports medicine professionals – have scoured almost 15,000 research articles to produce an evidence-based consensus document on mental health disorders in elite athletes. This will be published in May 2019.
But while this overview of the current scientific knowledge is vitally important, it is only one part of the puzzle. Few coaches and officials in sport have an expert understanding of mental health, and the IOC also recognises that there is a great need for practical assessment tools that can be used by medical professionals and anyone looking after athletes. A small working group is scheduled to meet on 15 April to look at new measures that can be put in place by Federations and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the future to protect athlete mental health.
But to properly get to grips with mental health in elite sport, there is also a need to continue raising awareness and reduce the stigma that still surrounds the subject. Dr Budgett says that the efforts of globally recognised and successful athletes, such as [Michael] Phelps, in speaking out about their own personal struggles have already had a major positive impact.
“I think that athletes speaking candidly about issues which have been difficult for others to talk about can be very helpful, especially if they’re famous, elite athletes. It’s been really helpful in this case in raising the awareness, so that people realise just how important it is.”
Gracie Gold addressed this topic at the IOC's International Athletes’ Forum panel discussion in Lausanne on April 14, 2019 (starting at this point in the archived live stream):
Gracie also talked about challenges of being an elite athlete in social media age starting at this earlier point of the panel discussion as well as again at the ~1:28 hour mark.
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Bumping up this old thread for another installment in the ISU's Healthy Skater seminar series - this one is taking place during the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2023 in Calgary, Canada:

The theme for this edition’s seminar is ‘The Junior Elite Skater - Understanding Adolescent Development’ moderated by ISU Medical Commission Chair Dr Jane Moran, supported by the speakers mentioned hereunder on their respective topics.

LIVE now (replayable later) on the ISU Development Projects YT channel:

DATE: March 3, 2023
TIME: 9:00- 11:00 A.M [Mountain time]
LOCATION: Winsport Arena A, Level-2 Paskapoo Meeting room #3 (Press Conference/ Draw Room), Calgary, Canada.

THEME: The Junior Elite Skater - Understanding Adolescent Development

FORMAT: There will be presentations followed by a panel discussion to answer questions on the topic (Registration is mandatory if you are going to attend this seminar in Calgary at the venue).

Livestream of the entire session shall be available on the ISU Development Projects YouTube channel. (No registrations required for live stream- just subscribe to the channel and keep your notifications on).


‘Overuse Injuries in the Young Elite Skaters; Identification, Treatment and Prevention’
Dr. Karen Ballinger, MD, Pediatrician

‘Planning and Training Physical Capacities in Adolescent Skaters’
Jalena Bertagnolli, Exercise Physiologist

‘Identity, Resiliency and Future Adjustment: Considerations for Young Elite Athletes’
Dr Joan Hillson, Registered Psychologist

‘Fuel: The Nutritional Salchow: Importance of fueling for sport & the risks of under-fueling.’
Erin Krill, Registered Dietician

Debbie S

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The seminars sound great, very much needed. I hope they are getting good turnout among the coaches.

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