– So the ice skate
lifts me off the ground, maybe an extra inch or two. So, I’m gonna lengthen the crutch an equivalent amount. Sidestix come with this little hex wrench, so you can easily lengthen them on the go. You just twist, pull it out, tighten, and I have longer crutches. I’ll also add, you should
never try this at home. First thing, I’ll make a
clear safety disclaimer, I’m not actually recommending
that you ice skate on crutches unless you are a crutch expert, what I would call a crutchpert, If you are, then feel free to try it, but don’t hold me liable
for any injuries incurred, this requires a lot of balance. Now to go off to the ice and try this out. Ice skating on crutches
is basically just like walking on crutches except
you’re wearing an ice skate, so, it’s much more difficult to balance. But the motion is
literally exactly the same. You’re just pushing yourself
along on your crutches and then you sort of balance. Ideally though, you use
your tips almost as runners. If you start to lose your balance, you put the tip down to catch yourself. Stopping is kind of impossible. You just kinda have to run into the wall. So, just like I said,
you shouldn’t try this. I haven’t done this for, haven’t done this for a lotta years. Feels very embarrassing. Alright, it was a successful
ice skating expedition. I did fall once, as you
can see I got pretty wet. A little kid like cut me
off and I stumbled and fell. And, it was very awkward for everyone. No one knows what to do when a person who uses crutches falls over. Especially on the ice skating. But it’s fine, I didn’t get hurt. I know comments under
this video will be like, “but, how do you turn though?” And the best way I can
say is, it’s like skiing, or like rollerskating. It comes from your ankle
and from your foot. So you’re kinda like, you’re pressing on the front of the skate, and then, tipping your shin to one side. Just like in skiing,
there’s a counterbalance. So, if I’m turning to the right,
you have to push this way, and then rotate your body
out to counterbalance and then turn that way. Mostly, it takes balance, I would say. Oh, the other thing I was gonna add, I’m also, I’m using– These are Thomas Fetterman’s
Tornado Air Tips. And they are slip resistant. I talked about these in a
video a couple weeks ago. So, they’re a key part
of ice skating because, it’s a compound that grips
water relatively well, and that’s how you’re able to get friction on the ice with a crutch. It’s very doable, if you are on crutches and/or an amputee, to go ice skate. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried ice skating. Alright, that’s the end,
thanks for watching. We should hang out sometime.

How to Ice Skate on Crutches
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47 thoughts on “How to Ice Skate on Crutches

  • December 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    Looks fun! I like your new hairstyle πŸ˜€

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    You are freaking crazy, such an inspiration

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    The sound effects made me think I was getting FB messages

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm
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    This seems super fun! You're a cool dude, have a nice day

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm
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    Great
    Vid πŸ‘πŸ•ΆπŸ˜ƒ

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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    Awesome dude!

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  • December 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    Amazing bro
    I am also hip disorticulate

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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    Would one of those push things that little kids use (they must have adult size ones) work for people on crutches? They would provide more support when first learning.

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    Technically you can do a one leg hockey stop. Not sure how to accomplish that without learning a two leg hockey stop first but it's a thing

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    Did they hand you two shoes?
    I had to watch the video twice, because I couldn't stop thinking about what they should do; better give you a single shoe or both πŸ˜€

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:24 pm
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    Here we are, with the Olympian…. JOSSSSSH SUNDQUIIIIIST! πŸ˜€

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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    Wicked sweet

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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    That was really cool!

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:40 pm
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    When I was a kid I was going to go ice skating with my sister but I broke my arm the day before we went!
    Now I'm older and use a wheelchair and didn't think I could skate but today my friend sent me photos of them on the ice rink in their chair!? then you uploaded this video. Maybe I should go skating!

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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    Great! You always inspire me to see how you can still do things, enjoy the things that able bodied ppl can do/enjoy

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    You make it look easy!

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    Where were you skating? Looks fun. Is it in LA?

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  • December 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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    More than great and excellent video and info!!

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  • December 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm
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    Fantastic…I do not ice skate with two legs

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  • December 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm
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    I'm decent at skating (aka I'm on my feet more than falling on the ground) but you have much better balance than me!

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  • December 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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    You’d enjoy Paralympic hockey. It works a lot better than trying to use crutches to skate

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  • December 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    I have a horrible balance due to some underdeveloped bones in my feet. So I stay away from things like ice skating that requires great balance. I loose my balance while standing or walking in normal shoes. I have bunch of scars on my knees to prove that.

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  • December 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm
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    Bro…. I can't even Ice skate with two legs… xD Love ya dude!

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  • December 21, 2018 at 2:56 am
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    I've watched enough sledge hockey to think that it doesn't in any way look like a safer option for ice based sports.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 3:44 am
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    Watching this got me pumped for next month. I know it's not the same, but I get to learn ho to ride a bike again with my prosthetic leg. ^.^ I use to ice skate a lot when I was little.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 4:37 am
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    Nice! I'd be curious how that one-legged propulsion thing plays out, an ice skating move that I've only occasionally semi-figured out over some years. Definitely takes major balance and edge-work (really digging into the way you really have two hair-thin edges on any single skate blade, and where control of where you are situated forward/backward at any given split second of a glide/arc/turn/push/etc). It can get tiring with practicing/trying it for any amount of time on one side, so obviously with crutches I'm bettting it'd be relying on those in between for awhile?

    Guessing it's like skiing tho in many ways probably, just in a more cross-country but extremely flat kind context, in this specific way as well as obv'ly overall.

    Also I'd recommend maybe bending the knee a bit more in general. At least from what clips you showed here (and common to not know/remember in the moment, or be able to do too consistently yet when newer to the mode — a problem as a two-legger I tend to forget as well, tied to not being great at posture/core etc. early in life and learning it later I think, in my case). Though not sure likewise how much it would be about optimizing awhile that way, down more into the knee for best balance, then awhile resting on the "other legs" (aka crutches/arms), so the weight is less on that singly stressed set of leg muscles…. ?

    But betting you'll figure out more what makes actual sense if it was fun enough to do even now and then, from the adult/full height learning mode that I definitely started into it with too. It definitely always makes it more…interesting… with tiny tots generally zooming around showing how much easier it is to learn when low to the surface by default.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    Those mats almost looked like concrete at first and I was about to scream because YOU DONT WALK ON CONCRETE WITH ICE SKATES! It will dull the blades.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 10:06 am
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    In England I've got ferrules on my crutches and there called flexyfoot. In stead of them being ridgid (like pretty much everyone's crutches are), they pivot so when you put weight on it they have full contact.
    I used some worn out ones so I cut some more tread in and put a load of screws in it so it's safe on and slippery surface. I know you can get specific ones that you put over them but there quite expensive for what they are and how often you use them.

    Just type in "flexyfoot.com" and it'll comes up.
    Another good British invention 😊

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  • December 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm
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    Amazing dude!

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  • December 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    This looked easier than using that motorized scooter for you! When you said you needed good balance to do this, I was thinking "oh he's got this!"

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  • December 21, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    Nice video, Josh. It looks like you all had a lot of fun!

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  • December 21, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Can you do a sort of "day in the life with forearm crutches" type video? I had hip surgery last summer and have to use crutches on long days and I've been trying to figure out the best way to navigate life without being able to use my hands as much.

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  • December 22, 2018 at 6:20 am
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    My figure skater heart was cringing, but I suppose with your ski training, it probably wasn’t too difficult for you.

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  • December 22, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    I've tried not falling while using a cane in the winter, I think that counts as ice skating. What if you tried using snowgrips on your crutches, would that help with braking and accelerating? Or would that hurt the ice surface too much to be allowed?

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  • December 22, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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    This was really cool!

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  • December 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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    I figured turning is like riding on a unicycle but more advanced. Also the center point for wight is higher.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    My cousins took me out to ice-skate when I visited them in the US 2 years ago. I didn't know the ice was that slippery and I got really scared and only managed to do one round, desperately clutching the side of the rink all the way through. I didn't go free-hand once, and even then I almost fell SO MANY TIMES! Kudos to all of you ice-skaters out there- I have no idea how you guys do it πŸ˜‚

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  • December 30, 2018 at 2:45 am
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    I got special Ice grips for the end of my crutches for when I ice skate, doesn’t mean I don’t fall but it’s easier to push myself around πŸ˜†

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  • December 31, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

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  • January 3, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    I tried ice skating once and vowed never to do it again after I sprained my wrist on the 16th fall.

    I applaud you for your amazing balance.

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  • January 5, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    Damn he can ice skate better than me and I have two functioning legs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  • February 23, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    Cool

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  • February 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    I hate you for using the messenger tone

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  • April 11, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    I wanted to call my friend a pussy for not skating on crutches, you just gave me the means XD.
    Just kidding, not gonna force him, but hes not badly injured at all (at all) so hes technically still a pussy.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    No dislikes yet… yay

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  • May 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    wtf is that thing behind him in the striped shirt at 0:48 …

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