Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Adult Nationals Weekly Series #1: Introduction

Cape Cod Rehab has been announced as the Official Sports Medicine Provider at the 2014 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.  The competition hosted by the Yarmouth Ice Club will take place April 8-12 at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

What is Adult Figure Skating?

Competitive adult figure skating is relatively new to the skating world.  It has really blossomed over the past decade and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the competition.  (The U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in Boston this year to determine the Sochi Olympic Team was celebrating 100 years!)

To be eligible to compete as an adult, skaters must be over the age of 21 and current members of U.S. Figure Skating.  Some skaters will qualify for the Championships at one of three sectional qualifying competitions whereas some events do not require a skater to qualify via sectionals.

Yarmouth Ice Club & Cape Cod Rehab

The relationship between the Yarmouth Ice Club and Cape Cod Rehab is very unique.  Physical Therapist and Coach Briana Lackenby appears to be the glue that holds everything together.  Briana’s knowledge of both figure skating and sport specific injuries created a very trusting relationship both on and off the ice.  As the ice club grew and began hosting events, Cape Cod Rehab’s physical therapists and athletic trainers stepped in as the medical providers at these events.  Most recent competitions include the Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships in 2012 and the Nations Cup and U.S. National Theater on Ice in 2011.  This is the first year that Adult Nationals will be held on Cape Cod and a few of our local skaters will be competing.

U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships

For some figure skaters, Adult Nationals is about picking up where they left off.  For others it’s about the personal challenge and setting goals.  One thing they can all agree on is that it’s their love for the sport that keeps them coming back!

For the next few weeks, the Mashpee Fitness blog will highlight some of the local figure skaters, coaches, and officials leading up to competition weekend.  We will share with you their passion for the sport and the obstacles they have faced along the way.

Stay tuned for next week’s post featuring Briana Lackenby!

Blog post by Jen Skiba.

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