Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -

At what point does the quality of the boots and blades become a factor in my child's ability to learn to jump and spin?

Older skaters put more stress and twisting force on the boot in landing jumps.

This is directly related to the increasing landing force/stress cause by their physical size and total weight.

Another factor is the increased torque that is placed on the ankles that is related to centrifugal force required to initiate and land multi-revolution jumps and flying spins.

Consult with your coach to determine the strength of boot they suggest and factor in the growth rate of the skater. Depending on how frequently the boots need to be replaced and the wear and tear the skater subjects to boots to, it may not be necessary to purchase the top of the line equipment since the boots are being outgrown before they fail to provide the proper support to perform advanced skating skills.

Submitted by Claude Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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