Thread: Beginners: Conflicting pro advice, help!
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05-14-2014, 01:56 AM
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It is definitely the rental skate. Definitely get him his own set of skates. I have taught several younger tikes (including my own when they were young) to play and poor fitting skates is a very common problem in kids' difficulty in learning.

Also, thicker socks will add more "mushiness" to the bracing system a good skate can provide the player. You want the skater to get the maximum benefit from the skate boot possible, as all decent brands (when fitted right) will give some level of support to the little guy so the ankle wobbling can slowly be overcome. Like others have said, the inward ankle bend is a VERY common problem for new skaters (young and old) and goes away with proper fitting skates and conditioning of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the legs and feet as well as learning the coordination necessary to skate.

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