Ice Skating Rinks in Austin & Ice Skating Tips to Avoid Injury

By November 29, 2018Safety

Ice Skating is a time honored tradition during the winter months. Before you go, read our safety tips. We’ve also included a list of local ice skating rinks in Austin, Texas. Check it out below. Happy skating!

General Safety Tips

  • Be aware of the blades on the skates, especially while putting your ice skates on and off.
  • Before you step on the ice, look for the direction everyone else is moving (clockwise or counter-clockwise.)
  • Remember that everyone has different skill levels. Be aware of your surroundings, and be respectful of other skater.
  • If you’ve never been ice skating before, or it’s been a long time since you’ve been on the ice, take a  lesson or two to get comfortable with the basics. (More on this below.)

tips to avoid injury ice skatingWhat to Wear

  • Dress for the conditions. If you’re going to an outdoor rink, check the weather and wear the appropriate clothing items.
  • Even if you’re skating indoors, you should consider wearing a hat and gloves. Remember that the ice on the rinks is very cold.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Lace your ice skates appropriately – skates should be snug to help you keep your balance, but not too tight.
  • Beginner skaters of all ages should wear a helmet.

Be Sure your Skates Fit Well

  • Always make sure the ice skates fit you properly.
  • Ask for another size or different skates if you feel uncomfortable.  
  • Your feet and ankles must be supported correctly to prevent twisted ankles or blisters.

Take an Ice Skating Lesson

  • During lessons, you will learn how to fall correctly to avoid injury.
  • For example, you’ll learn to fall backwards instead of forwards because this lowers the chance of injuring your head or wrists.
  • Get comfortable with the basics before trying more complicated moves such as jumping, spinning, or skating backward.

List of Public Ice Skating Rinks in Austin

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST. Five Star ER is open 24/7 to take care of you.

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville, and Dripping Springs.

 

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