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Become a better athlete as you become a better skater-- participate in S.T.A.R.S. (Standardized Testing of Athleticism to Recognize Skaters)!
S.T.A.R.S. is a new system of off-ice fitness assessment and development designed to support U.S. Figure Skating's existing testing and competition progressions. Its development is based primarily on the need to promote robust, all-around fitness in young American skaters; to push and maintain the athletic ability curve ahead of the skills curve; to ensure that young figure skaters are physically prepared to handle the introduction of new, more complex and more demanding skating skills; and to reduce the potential for injury typically sustained during the training of these new skills.
Introducing the U.S. Figure Skating High Performance Movement Screen (HPMS)
The HPMS is a group of evaluations designed to give athletes, coaches and parents information in three key areas: mobility, stability and symmetry. The screen is designed to assess movement patterns in figure skaters to identify and treat mechanics that may prohibit optimal performance. The tests included are valid and reliable to assess mobility and stability in the lower extremity as well as a baseline test for concussion. Tests include the y-balance test, single leg squat, rotary stability, shoulder mobility, hip mobility and the balance error scoring system. The goal of the program is to minimize the risk of injury and maximize performance. Participating athletes receive a one-on-one screening completed by a physician, physical therapist or certified athletic trainer. Each athlete receives a detailed report flagging areas of concern as well as a thorough explanation of exercises and resources to correct flagged areas.
Athletic Improvement and Individual Achievement
One of the key features of S.T.A.R.S. is that it is a system designed to establish standards of athleticism for figure skaters and to encourage progression through the system by incorporating a "building" series of tests, achievement awards and improvement certificates.
Participating skaters will have access to age-, gender- and competitive-matched assessment data across the United States and the opportunity to be recognized not only for national performance but for individual achievement and personal improvement. In addition, S.T.A.R.S. will provide a sequence of opportunities for the coaches and families of skaters who demonstrate exceptional aptitude for athleticism and figure skating as an athletic sport.
Preliminary testing has already confirmed that participation stimulates interest and motivates young skaters to practice the off-ice assessments. Participation in S.T.A.R.S. should be fun, motivating, challenging and personally rewarding. We look forward to working with you!
S.T.A.R.S in the News
Tests assess skills, weakness of young, competitive US ice skaters
By Stephanie Earls July 24, 2013, Colorado Springs Gazette
- Promote and enhance athleticism and athletic ability in all young figure skaters through assessment, recognition and opportunity
- Reduce the rate of injury across all figure skating disciplines and competitive levels
- Identify skaters who demonstrate exceptional aptitude for athleticism
- Assist coaches and parents in developing and guiding their skater's potential
- Connect skaters, coaches, and parents with qualified strength and conditioning specialists in their region and around the country.
- Be challenging and fun!