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06-05-2012, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by beth View Post
For sharp turns you need to learn your edges. There are a ton of edge drills out there you can practice. For backwards, most of the difficulty is because it is so unnatural to go backwards, so you just have to force yourself to do it - like, spend equal time going backwards as much as you practice forwards. Eventually you get to a point where you dont even think about which way youre going, but you have go through the uncomfortableness of it for a while. Wear elbow pads.
This, and maybe even knee pads. I just took a tumble practicing my front-to-back mohawks on my bad side and banged my knee on the ice so hard I'm taking at a couple weeks off skating.

Even those simple, soft volleyball pads would have helped.

Generally speaking though, pads make a big difference in confidence. Finding your outside edges means you have to go over a few times. If you're afraid to fall, you'll have a hard time getting there.

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