Just make sure that she gets her sports physical, and make sure it’s a GOOD physical, not just someone tapping on her knee and saying, “Looks healthy to me.” Make sure the doc listens to her heart, and make sure that he/she checks her backbone (for scoliosis). Also make sure to have her feet checked, and if she is flat-footed or has something not quite right with the feet, get orthotics so that she isn’t prone to injuries in her workouts and competitions. I recommend going to a podiatrist for this exam.
When my daughter was on an elite synchronized skating team in middle school and high school, they worked hard from 5:30 A.M. until 1: 00 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays, and again on Tuesdays from 7:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M. IN addition, the skaters were supposed to be practicing daily on their own.
Yes, there were breaks–around 15 minutes to have some food and go to the bathroom. But for the most part, they skated hard and repeated difficult footwork passes over and over and over again. Skating a four-minute Long Program is the equivalent of running a mile, and the team skated it repeatedly.
I still remember when the team went to Colorado Springs (high altitude). They were in such good shape that they did six back-to-back runthroughs of their programs during practices. I remember the other teams (who were allowed watch) coming out into the lobby with stunned expressions, and saying things like 'Holy cr__, they just did six perfect runthroughs!" By the time the actual competition came around, the other teams were so terrified of our team that our team steamrolled into first place!
My daughter loved it, BTW. She loved being in good shape, strong, hard, and fast. She loved the tough workouts, the coaches yelling, the fierce competition to hold onto her spot on the team (a skater could lose a spot if she didn’t work hard enough or wasn’t capable of doing the skills). She LOVED the competitions.
The biggest problem with these hard workouts is that when you grow up and quit doing them, you gain weight and get pudgy!