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06-21-2008, 11:49 PM
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Taping Hockey Skates

I started a "Learn to Skate to Play Hockey" class about 2 months ago. I had been skating a few months prior to joining the class, but I was still pretty bad.

On the 3rd week of the class, we learned the hockey stop. I picked it up pretty quick, but at the end of the class, I tried to stop, then fell and sprained my ankle.

Before I got back on the ice, a guy in the pro shop said I should use "sock tape" to tape up my skates around the ankles for better support. I tried it, and it made a huge difference. The skates I have are a pair of pre-owned CCM skates, and they don't support my ankles very well. I was able to bend and roll my ankle the same as if I were wearing a pair of shoes. But now that I tape my skates, I am much more confident on the ice. I feel more stable, I can skate faster, and I can stop quicker.

Does anyone else here tape their skates? Or, can anyone recommend a pair of skates with good ankle support? Thanks for any advice!

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While your skates should have some ankle support you really shouldn't go for overly stiff skates. I'm also usually against taping your skates as taping them hinders you from naturally strengthening your ankles, I'd tape up my ankle inside the skate or put on some sort of ankle support thingy instead if I was prone to spraining them. As for skates go for a pair of low/mid-level skates that you find comfortable, go to your local hockey shop and try on a couple of them, take your time and let them help you.

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I agree. Try to strenthen your ankles and increase flexibility. Taping your skates is a band-aid solution and not only will it prevent your ankles from getting stronger, it will also interfere with your ability to perform complex skating maneuvers when you reach that level.

To avoid hurting yourself again I would recommend sharpening your skates in a way that makes stopping a little easier (hopefully others can help here), and not attempting hockey stops when your ankles are tired. When the supporting muscles in the ankle give out, that's when all the force goes right into the tendons, and you get sprains and injuries.

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I agree with the first two posters. Natural is the way to go IMO, and it will only help you out in the long run. It's like your mom tells you to take out the garbage(you sprain your ankle) and you keep pushing it off and pushing it off(taping your skates) but you eventually have to do it anyway(the healing process).

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I agree. Try to strenthen your ankles and increase flexibility. Taping your skates is a band-aid solution and not only will it prevent your ankles from getting stronger, it will also interfere with your ability to perform complex skating maneuvers when you reach that level.

To avoid hurting yourself again I would recommend sharpening your skates in a way that makes stopping a little easier (hopefully others can help here), and not attempting hockey stops when your ankles are tired. When the supporting muscles in the ankle give out, that's when all the force goes right into the tendons, and you get sprains and injuries.
Thanks for the feedback guys!

When you said to sharpen them in a certain way...what way will make stoping easier? Or, what should I tell the guy in the pro shop next time I need a sharpening?

I'm going to go to an open skate this week and try the skates again without the tape. I'm already used to the tape being there and I rely on it a lot...so I'll be a bit nervous to try things again without the tape, but I understand your points about why I should lose the tape.

Thanks again!!!

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I agree with the first two posters. Natural is the way to go IMO, and it will only help you out in the long run. It's like your mom tells you to take out the garbage(you sprain your ankle) and you keep pushing it off and pushing it off(taping your skates) but you eventually have to do it anyway(the healing process).
Yeah, I'm having this problem now. I was initially taping my skates up pretty good when I started off last Fall in powerskating, until I was told they're actually supposed to have some looseness, so I stopped. Until my second real game a few months ago. I was skating like Bambie all game and couldn't realize why, until the last 5 minutes I realized my laces were too loose and tightened them up. After that I went back to the tape, I know it's bad and I should stop but there's a certain level of comfort there.

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Again, others can chime in here, but I would just tell him that you're learning how to stop, and you want the skates to be able to shave the ice easier, similar to how a goalie's skates are sharpened. It's a fairly common request, if the guy looks at you crosseyed it may be time to use a different pro-shop.

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Again, others can chime in here, but I would just tell him that you're learning how to stop, and you want the skates to be able to shave the ice easier, similar to how a goalie's skates are sharpened. It's a fairly common request, if the guy looks at you crosseyed it may be time to use a different pro-shop.
I will request that next time i'm in the shop. The guys at the shop at my rink have been more than helpful, and have spent a lot of time explaining things and answering my questions...so I don't think the shop guys will think this is a weird request.

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Many of the games greatest pure skaters always taped their ankles.




Whatever works for you is fine.


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I played hockey in a competitive level and I have always taped my ankles.

Many pro players tape their ankles. If it works for them, it may work for you and me . Takes the way to where you're most at ease.

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I tape my ankles too, but dont tape them where they are 100% stiff. I usually tape them up and then roll my ankle both ways to stretch the tape out just a little bit. It works great for me.

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get the tape , wax it up , go a little heavier on the ankle of the blade and this my friends, is the ovechkin tape job

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get the tape , wax it up , go a little heavier on the ankle of the blade and this my friends, is the ovechkin tape job
What about the heel and the toe?

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get the tape , wax it up , go a little heavier on the ankle of the blade and this my friends, is the ovechkin tape job
He's talking about taping his skates, not his stick.

Read the thread!



Back on topic...

I use the clear sock tape to my skates, I play defense and prefer the stiffness for ankle support when skating backwards. Just a few times around...nothing too crazy...and not too high up on the ankle.

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I just tie my lace around my ankle, that's enough support for me.

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Does anyone else here tape their skates? Or, can anyone recommend a pair of skates with good ankle support? Thanks for any advice!
Well, the main importance of not taping your skates it to give your skates the ability to do a "toe" flick at the end of your stride. This toe flick is going give you that extra something in your stride for power.

Plus, having this skate more flexible, you are able to work the inner egdes a little better for driving force in each stride.

Here's a good drill to help increase the strength in your ankles....

First Drill: Plus the net up and down the ice several time each practice.
Second Drill: Start at the goal line with a partner and one stick. Have your partner face you with his stick chest high. have him place his hands together on the stick at center and you place your hands towards the outside edges of the shaft for stability.

Then I want you to push your partner down the ice to the other end. Have your partner turn his skates a little for breaking. This will slow you down and add resistance. This will force you to use more of that inside edge to push him down the ice. Thus, increasing the strength of your ankles.

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The tape will offer a little support but will restrict the natural forward movement in your skating stride.

I would caution against getting some sort of funky sharpening. You may end up having a tough time doing everything else. Just practice stopping when your skates are dull, or just ask for the shallowest hollow available next time you get them sharpened.

A deeper and stiffer boot is probably all you need.

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I started a "Learn to Skate to Play Hockey" class about 2 months ago. I had been skating a few months prior to joining the class, but I was still pretty bad.

On the 3rd week of the class, we learned the hockey stop. I picked it up pretty quick, but at the end of the class, I tried to stop, then fell and sprained my ankle.

Before I got back on the ice, a guy in the pro shop said I should use "sock tape" to tape up my skates around the ankles for better support. I tried it, and it made a huge difference. The skates I have are a pair of pre-owned CCM skates, and they don't support my ankles very well. I was able to bend and roll my ankle the same as if I were wearing a pair of shoes. But now that I tape my skates, I am much more confident on the ice. I feel more stable, I can skate faster, and I can stop quicker.

Does anyone else here tape their skates? Or, can anyone recommend a pair of skates with good ankle support? Thanks for any advice!
Get a better pair of skates. Taping around your skates can worsen an injury not to mention in the even of an injury--you'll wind up buying a new pair of skates the moment the trainers have to cut them off. Save yourself the expense. There really is no difference--it's like spatting cleated shoes in football or hockey...mind over matter to make you think you are getting better support.

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I agree. Try to strenthen your ankles and increase flexibility. Taping your skates is a band-aid solution and not only will it prevent your ankles from getting stronger, it will also interfere with your ability to perform complex skating maneuvers when you reach that level.

To avoid hurting yourself again I would recommend sharpening your skates in a way that makes stopping a little easier (hopefully others can help here), and not attempting hockey stops when your ankles are tired. When the supporting muscles in the ankle give out, that's when all the force goes right into the tendons, and you get sprains and injuries.
IF you have an athletic trainer on duty you can ask them the best was to stregthen your ankles. Balance/baps boards work great and simple calf stretching exercises work great too. Google is also a mighty powerful tool. If your ankles are weak--tape your ankles instead of the skates...but learn from someone how to--don't just wing it...you can hurt yourself or get blisters. See if your rink offers power stroking classes. Also, aw funky tool that's not commonly known is called a Skate Spinner. It's a mini balance board thing..that works like a charm. It will also help with balance.

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See if your rink offers power stroking classes.

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Power stroking--AKA Speed!!!!! These classes are designed for strength and conditioning and will help stregthen week ankles. They ususally have an off ice corresponding course too.

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Power stroking--AKA Speed!!!!! These classes are designed for strength and conditioning and will help stregthen week ankles. They ususally have an off ice corresponding course too.
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by taping your ankles outside the skate you are reducing the ability to flex forward. You need to be able to flex forward to be in the correct stance to skate properly (knees over toes). A better idea would be to tape your ankles up prior to lacing up.
also, if you are using used skates - they may not fit correctly.
if you plan on playing often, getting a correct skate fit is probably the most important thing when it comes to equipment

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Building up the ankle muscle can also help support it. If that makes anysense someone should be able to clarify my point.

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Also, aw funky tool that's not commonly known is called a Skate Spinner. It's a mini balance board thing..that works like a charm. It will also help with balance.
Just curious... what do you do with the Skate Spinner for hockey? I figure skated, so I'm familiar with using one to practice spins and turns, but I didn't know there was other stuff you could do with it.

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