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Back pain in ice skaters: How to prevent the downhill spiral

The dramatic increase in technical difficulties in ice skating requires vigorous training. Tracy Ward explores the causes of low back pain in figure skaters and provides treatment and prevention strategies. The various forms of figure skating, singles, pairs, dance, and synchronized, all have technically challenging elements that require strength, flexibility, artistic flare, and grace. It takes significant amounts of training and practice to perfect this unique sport. Ice skaters can spend 15 to 30 hours training on the ice with a further five to 15 hours off the ice per week(

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