New Book Will Aid in Preventing Injuries to Figure Skaters

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Geppetto's Skate Shop - Competitive figure skaters worldwide experience a variety of injuries throughout their skating careers, many of which could have been avoided all together if only the correct information had been available to them.

The World's Leading Authority on Figure Skating Injury

So many interesting and informative aspects to this seemingly unknown world of boots and blades, and finally someone has demystified it and made it available to everyone.

Doctors who treat figure skating injuries now have a reference source which they can turn to for help in diagnosing and further preventing the same injury. Ice skaters worldwide have been struggling with recurrent injuries for decades. Unlike other sports, figure skating has no governing body to supervise the development of guidelines for skating equipment, i.e. a skater’s skates. After more than three decades of working with competitive figure skaters, John Harmata, aka Mr. Edge has documented the relationship between proper boot fit, blade mounting, sharpening and the role each of them they play in causing injuries to skaters. In his new book, “Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury”, he addresses the problems involving foot mechanics and explains why so many skaters are still prone to injuries and how to reduce or avoid them altogether.

Two staunch supporters of Harmatas research are contributing consultants Dr. Robert A. Weil, DPM; personal sports podiatrist to Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and nationally renowned Performing Arts Medicine PT, Gina Pongetti. “Bold new evidence is put forth in this book identifying the source of injuries afflicting competitive figure skaters. Podiatrists, physical therapists and other medical professionals now have a new tool to use in combating these types of injuries,” states Dr. Weil.

“Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury” is now available in print and as an e-book at

About The Author

John Harmata is the president of Arena Sports & Consulting Services, Inc. dba Geppetto’s Skate Shop. Harmata has worked in many different areas of the figure skating industry for more than three decades. During those years he has served as a consultant to Danco Sports, Inc., Harlick Boot Company, Paramount Sk8's and was also asked to consult on a special project for the National Hockey League. Since 2000, his Ask Mr. Edge column has been featured in U.S. Figure Skating's “SKATING” magazine; educating coaches, parents, skaters and skate technicians worldwide.

Harmata was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and holds a degree in X-ray Technology. While attending numerous skating competitions and trade shows; including World’s in 1987, it became apparent to him that something should and could be done to reduce the amount of injuries figure skaters are prone too. In the years that followed, he had perfected his fitting technique and began submitting suggestions to boot manufacturers on ways to improve the overall fit and comfort of their boots.

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