By: Nikia Artis, PT, DPT
Are you ready for winter?
We are fortunate to have both the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and WFMY News 2's Winterfest back in Greensboro this year. Piedmont Winterfest, with its portable ice rink, provides an opportunity for lots of fun. Now a seasonal tradition, attendance in the last four years has averaged 30,000 people.
It opened Nov. 20 and will be open until Jan. 31, 2015 for everyone's enjoyment.
Here are a few more tips for inexperienced ice skaters:
- Learn the basics of ice skating such as how to stop safely and fall properly.
- Hold on to the side of the rink until you feel comfortable enough to let go.
- Make sure ice skates fit comfortably and that you have enough ankle support and are tied snugly.
- Do not skate with earbuds in your ears or your hands in your pockets. You need to be able to hear what is going on around you and have your hands ready just in case.
Go out, have fun, be safe, and let the U.S. Figure Skating Championships inspire you this winter!
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