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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

By: Terri Milner Tarquini

When it comes to common sports-related injuries in figure skating, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a biggie.

“It’s not necessarily more common in skating than other sports, but it tends to be more common in female athletes so we see a lot of it in skating,” said Ellen Geminiani, primary sport doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital and chair of the sports science and medicine committee for U.S. Figure Skating. “Running sports have it as well, but it’s the jump landings and take-offs in skating that can be a real problem. It is an overuse injury - and there is a high volume of demanding jump landings and take-offs in a typical day of skating. Not to mention that we are placing these stresses on younger bodies, which is difficult on developing structures.”


Concussions - What Should Coaches Do?

By Terri Milner Tarquini

When in doubt, sit it out.

That’s the medical mantra for dealing with an athlete who possibly is suffering from a concussion.

“We don’t have all of the information about what turns a mild traumatic brain injury into something more serious, but it has caused us to step back and be more cautious,” said Dr. Ellen Geminiani, primary sport doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital and chair of the sports science and medicine committee for U.S. Figure Skating.

Common symptoms of concussion that a coach should be looking for include: headache, haziness, heightened emotions, loss of consciousness, forgetfulness, neurological difficulties, balance impairment, behavioral changes, slowed reaction times, and sleep disturbances.

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