Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie

The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

Advice about sharpening skates

Thread Tools
08-17-2008, 11:13 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Jose, CA
Country: United States
Posts: 101
vCash: 500
Advice about sharpening skates

So I just had my skates sharpened after about 2 months or so, and decided to try the newly sharpened edges at a skills class that I attend once in a while.

At first the edges seemed ok, I was turning better and stopping faster and everything was fine. After about 15 minutes of skating though everything started to go bad. I started getting cramps in my lower legs in my calves and ankles. Then my back started to ache.

Now I 'm not the best skater in the class but I'm usually don't come in dead last in every single skating drill like I did tonight. This was mostly due to pain in my legs and back. I have never experienced skating as uncomfortable as this before.

After the class I am still having pains in my back and in the back of my leg right above th ankle. I now walk with a bit of a limp.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Do you think I should try to get my skates resharpened or just try to dull down the current edges.

Thanks for any advice.

DJnet65 is offline   Reply With Quote
08-17-2008, 11:27 PM
Registered User
deanosaur's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: AB/MB
Country: Canada
Posts: 7,090
vCash: 500
Well it could be your just out of shape...

deanosaur is offline   Reply With Quote
08-18-2008, 12:07 AM
Real Life FTL
karnige's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Posts: 17,366
vCash: 500
It sounds like you might have rushed back into everything without stretching or something. New sharpened skates don't cause that much pain.

Only thing I can think of is whatever the stone was set at may have been to sharp/dull depending on your style. What was it sharpened at? sharper means less glide and you have to book it harder. maybe you tweaked something because of that?

karnige is online now   Reply With Quote
08-18-2008, 03:31 PM
Registered User
noobman's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Country: Canada
Posts: 4,637
vCash: 500
The only thing I can think of is that the extra force required to move yourself with the sharper skates (since they dig deeper into the ice) managed to push you past your limits, though the odds of the extra few millimeters of digging into the ice having that much of an effect is, well, next to impossible.

noobman is offline   Reply With Quote
08-18-2008, 03:49 PM
Registered User
Sm0otHocKeySPeeD's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Flushing, NY
Country: Puerto Rico
Posts: 797
vCash: 500
Send a message via AIM to Sm0otHocKeySPeeD
Exactly what everyone else has pointed out...

It's a combination of being out of shape and not playing in a while.

I'd suggest bringing your hollow down a step and keep skating. Get those legs going, don't hunch over when you skate so your back doesn't fail you.

If hunching over comes naturally then you need to work on that. Instead of hunching over, bend at the hips/waist and keep your back upright!

Hope it gets better...

Sm0otHocKeySPeeD is offline   Reply With Quote
08-18-2008, 09:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 503
vCash: 500
Are you skating with the proper skating posture? Just double check that your

- knees bent
- ankles flexing forward
- your upperbody should be mostly straight and upright, bending slightly is okay -- but not hunched over

See: http://www.kariyaweb.com/images/paul...-predators.jpg for example

We'reGonnaWin* is offline   Reply With Quote

Forum Jump


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:17 PM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. @2017 All Rights Reserved.