Thread: Beginners: Conflicting pro advice, help!
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05-11-2014, 10:46 AM
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afftonhockeymom
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Conflicting pro advice, help!

My son is 8 and he has never skated prior to the spring LTP session he's been enrolled in since March 2014. We also have gotten him private ice time with a trainer to work on just skating. I started to notice straight away that something seemed off with him after the first session because he was crying and frustrated due to not being able to even stand. After a terrible second session the following week I took him into Total Hockey and they sized him for skates (we rented an ice kit from the rink) and the skates he had were 2 sizes too big.

After getting the right size skates he seems to be doing better, but still his ankles are bowing inward. The private lesson coach said it's because his feet are 'pronated' and we needed to buy him special insoles for it. I took him to a local sport gear shop and the hockey guy said that's rubbish, he just needs to strengthen his ankles. After 5 LTP sessions ...still the ankles are bowing in toward each other and he's just inching along the ice, not trying to skate at all.

I bought the insoles at $42. Now this last LTP session yesterday the coach took me aside and told me that they can't do much for him on the ice that he has weak ankles and he needs to be exercising them at home to strengthen them. I mentioned the 'pronating' of his feet and the new insoles and he said that wasn't the problem -- his ankles are weak.

So ... over the course of about 6-8 weeks I have gotten varying advice from varying forms of professionals about what's up with my son's feet / inability to skate. I have kept them tightened from toe to ankle, I have tried loosening them around the 4-5th eyehole. My son has a passion for hockey that I really admire and he's willing to put the work in to make his dream of playing hockey a reality .... as his mother however I am at a loss and I can't seem to get the same answer from any of the people who are meant to be coaching him.

I was of the mind that his ankles would strengthen up the more he skates, that the bowing of the ankles inward was normal and it would get better with time on the ice .... the coach yesterday made that seem like that wasn't the case at all.

Any advice?

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