1st Edition

The Science of Figure Skating

Edited By Jason Vescovi, Jaci VanHeest Copyright 2018
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Science of Figure Skating is the first book to provide an evidence-based and comprehensive reference for the scientific underpinnings of this complex Olympic sport, where early specialization presents unique challenges for coaches and athletes alike.

    Drawing on cutting-edge research and featuring contributions from leading academics and practitioners, the book covers key topics of health, training and high performance in figure skating, including:

      • Physiological demands

      • Nutrition and hydration

      • Training methods

      • Psychology and mental performance

      • Novel issues relating to performance such as travel and jet lag

      • Technological innovation

    Effectively and succinctly applying theory to practice, The Science of Figure Skating is a valuable resource on integrating sport science concepts into training and performance. It is essential reading for any applied sport science student or researcher with an interest in winter sports, and coaches, sport science officers, nutritionists or clinicians involved in figure skating.

    1. Physiology and Physiological Assessment of Figure Skating

    Jason D. Vescovi and Jaci L. VanHeest

    2. Biomechanics in Figure Skating

    Lee Cabell and Erica Bateman

    3. Epidemiology of Injury in Figure Skating

    Jason D. Vescovi and Jaci L. VanHeest

    4. Growth and Development

    Jaci L. VanHeest

    5. Resistance, Power and Cardiometabolic Training

    Ken Kashubara

    6. Nutritional Behaviors and Dietary Recommendations for Figure Skaters

    Abigail E. Duffine and Stella Lucia Volpe

    7. Mental Skills Training: Psychological Considerations of Performance

    Caroline Silby

    8. Sleep, Jet Lag and Performance

    Carrie E. Mahoney

    9. Ergogenic Aids

    Melanie Olivier and Ariane Lavigne

    10. Integrating Technology in Figure Skating

    Deborah L. King and Jason D. Vescovi


    Jason D. Vescovi is an applied sport scientist and has an appointment in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. He was the Head, Sport Science and Performance Research for Skate Canada for 5 years leading into the Sochi Winter Olympics and regularly consults for other Canadian National Sport Organizations including Field Hockey Canada, Tennis Canada, and Archery Canada. Jason’s expertise and research interests include areas that impact health, training and performance in sport.

    Jaci L. VanHeest is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, USA. She has over 25 years of experience working with world-class athletes and has consulted for U.S. Figure Skating for over a decade. In 2015, Jaci was appointed a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition Science Board. Her research has focused on exercise-induced adaptations of bioenergetic, metabolic, and endocrine factors in groups ranging from children to elite performers.