Notes on Skater Safety
The following are steps that skaters can take to insure their safety and minimize the possibility of accident:
Stretch tights for older skaters or wind suits for younger skaters are the most appropriate. Skaters have to be able to move freely to skate well. Baggy pant legs should be avoided. For Short Track races a special suit with Kevlar protection is required for older skaters. Contact your coach for clarification.
Keeping Warm for Long Track
An extra pair of underwear under tights or sweat pants and a turtleneck and a sweatshirt is usually enough, along with a windproof jacket and mitts. Always dress in layers.
A good toque which comes under the chin is advisable (keep in mind if a skater's toque comes off during a race he/she may be disqualified).
Skaters participating in long track mass start races will be required to wear a helmet. In this case, a balaclava worn underneath the helmet is recommended.
A neck and face warmer is an absolute necessity.
Make sure dry socks are worn in your skate. Damp socks lead to cold feet.
Caring for your Skating Equipment
Your skate’s # 1 enemy is moisture.
The following is the recommended maintenance program to insure your skates continue to look good and last long!
1. Skate blades should be wiped dry every time you leave the ice surface. This includes practices and competitions.