|I think the trick is to go easy. I know, "no risc, no fun", but basically you have to lower the risc you take. Of course there is no zero risk. There is alway the possibility that an ice block falls from the sky and hits you on the head. We can only try to minimize the risk of our own actions. When I haven't skated in a long time, it feels so great just to be rolling again.
The side stance action you are referring to was skating downhill, right? Well, I think the problem was that your speed increased beyond your confidence level. Maybe stay below that level?
Some months ago I had a wrong push in the mini ramp I rode. I shot out of the ramp and all I could do was to fall flat on my belly. My right had felt like my left one when I broke it last year. I thought: "Oh no, not again" and at least I got away this time without a doctor. The cause of the whole misery was impatience. Now I try to be more careful to not let this happen again. Maybe a bit less fun, but also more security. I try to be content and enjoy it when the weather lets me skate a bit.