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Old September 19th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default skating and you knees

So lately I have seen a lot of knee trouble and skating. Not injury; overuse. I'd like to avoid this eventuality. So, if anyone has information on avoiding this let me know.

I know one young rink rat, the fastest member of the speed team, who had to quit for 6 weeks due to, " overuse". That was the doctors diagnosis. She skated a lot as she was related to the rink owners and it was all free for her. She no longer skates at all.

Another adult night shuffle skater, prolly about 45, is now wearing a stretchy knee brace. I feel like the brace is good to keep the knee in proper position, but he was using it for support. Support of what? bad form? Bad idea.

So my take (pure speculation): Skating art, speed or shuffle is not hard on your knees. If done properly. Well perhaps jumping is, but that's another story.

That's why I never go all out because I don't do it properly. In fact I've been trying to get the lean to count for speed and minimize pushing, especially with the knees. According to what I read in the manual that Larry shared is you can get 85% of your speed from lean, and only 15% should be from push. I'm as fast as I ever was with minimal effort. I'm not quite keeping up with the fastest shufflers, but then again, I never was. And I'm not sure this method will ever be quite as fast a shufflers, but it sure is easy on the knees.

Speed; I know nothing about. But they do appear to be bending at the knees somewhat. That may be hard on your knees. So is there a proper speed stance that avoids this?
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