Figure Skating Functional Anatomy

by Matthew Blair Davis |   Date Released : 07 Jan 2009
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Matthew Blair Davis

About the author: Matthew Blair Davis

Matthew Blair Davis is the President of Functional Revolution Fitness, Inc., located in the Washington DC area. He is also a Featured Strength Coach for, a web site devoted to the off-ice strength and conditioning of figure skaters. Matt specializes in the training of elite level figure skaters, corrective exercise techniques, Olympic lifting and hard style kettlebell training.

Matt has a BS and MS from Florida State University, and he became an IDEA Master Level Trainer in 2004. Matt is an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist. He also completed the three-day Russian Kettlebell Challenge in Minnesota, where he was trained by Pavel. Matt is a member of the NSCA's Figure Skating Special Interest Group.

Matt has been an award winning Fitness Director for Sport & Health Clubs in Northern Virginia (2002) and Regional Director of Personal Training for Gold's Gym in Northern Virginia (2003-2005). He has been a special guest trainer for the Washington Post and authored the "Train Reaction" fitness Q&A column for the Washington Post Express from April 2006 to June 2007.

Matt works with figure skaters at the Fairfax Ice Arena in Fairfax, Virginia and the Cabin John Ice Rink in Rockville, Maryland. He is also a National Off-Ice Training Presenter for Audrey Weisiger's seminar program, Grassroots To Champions. Matt is the off-ice strength coach of senior level skater Tommy Steenberg, a USA National competitor.

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Christensen, Susan | 19 Mar 2013, 13:06 PM

Thank you for providing your expertise on figure skaters. I have observed similar trends with my daughter and other figure skaters over the years. Off-ice is critical in maintaining balance of length and strength of muscles on left vs. right side of body. Upshifts and rotations of pelvis, SI dysfunction and tailbone issues are a common occurrence. I incorporate Pilates, physioball, foam roller, foundational work, etc into programs. I have acquired so many skating specific exercises which enhance performance but I find that working antagonistic muscles and foundational exercises which address imbalances to be extremely helpful.

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