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Importance of lacing skates properly

It is important to lace your skates correctly in order to maximize the functionality of your skates, to maintain comfort and to avoid injury.  It is important to have a routine for putting on your skates so that you do it the same way each time.

Figure Skates

  1. Start out with the laces loose all the way down.
     

  2. Put your foot in and make sure you press your heel all the way down and to the back of the skate.
     

  3. Pull the tongue up and straighten to remove any creases.
     

  4. Start at the bottom of the skate boot and begin to pull the laces snugly, but not too tight keeping pressure on your heel.
     

  5. Continue this process until you get closer to the top of the skate boot.
     

  6. When you get to the third eyelet from the top firmly pull on the laces and hold that tension as you continue. Make sure you can bend your ankle OK.
     

  7. Make sure the ice skates are tied in such a way that they cannot come untied while ice skating. Loose or unsecured laces can cause falls and injuries while on the ice.

     

Hockey Skates

  1. Start out with the laces loose all the way down.
     

  2. Begin at the bottom of the hockey boot and pull the laces snugly, but not too tight. Continue this process until you get closer to the top of the boot.
     

  3. Change to a very snug lace technique at the fourth eyelet from the top of the boot. Pull the laces tightly and hold the tension while continuing to the top of the boot.
     

  4. Ignore the top eyelet to allow for more ankle movement, which is critical in sudden starts and stops as required in a game of hockey.
     

  5. Tie the laces into a double bow so that they cannot com untied when skating. Loose or unsecured laces can cause falls and injuries while on the ice.
     

  6. Pull hockey socks up above the knee, add shin guards and return the hockey socks to their original position.