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See - I told you! Skiing makes you smarter!!

post #1 of 11
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I knew it all along and now there's a study to prove it!

http://www.skinet.com/ski/article/skiing-makes-you-smarter

 

 

 

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 Now when you tell your boss you're taking a "mental health" day to go skiing, you're not lying.

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post #2 of 11

To keep this thread ski-related: does Charlize Theron's tattoo affect her ankle articulation? wink.gif

 

 

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To keep this thread ski-related: does Charlize Theron's tattoo affect her ankle articulation? wink.gif

 

 

 

That is a good question.  Perhaps someone with an ankle tattoo can assist on the answer. 

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post #4 of 11

Well, the various articles suggest real aerobic exercise, like running, makes you smarter. Walking, not so much. So the question is, are we running or walking when we ski? biggrin.gif

post #5 of 11

This totally explains the posts on here during the summer.

post #6 of 11

I don't know about skiing making you smarter, but I did see a study (NOT in a peer-reviewed journal) that claimed that golfers are the dumbest pro athletes. Which makes sense since all they do is walk slowly for 5 or 6 hours to cover what should take 2 hours to walk, and they have servants to carry their stuff. 

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To keep this thread ski-related: does Charlize Theron's tattoo affect her ankle articulation? wink.gif

 

 

 

I think the only people posting in this thread should be those with personal, direct experience of articulating said ankle.

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I don't know about skiing making you smarter, but I did see a study (NOT in a peer-reviewed journal) that claimed that golfers are the dumbest pro athletes. Which makes sense since all they do is walk slowly for 5 or 6 hours to cover what should take 2 hours to walk, and they have servants to carry their stuff. 

I think Robin Williams has something to say about that

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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

I don't know about skiing making you smarter, but I did see a study (NOT in a peer-reviewed journal) that claimed that golfers are the dumbest pro athletes. Which makes sense since all they do is walk slowly for 5 or 6 hours to cover what should take 2 hours to walk, and they have servants to carry their stuff. 

roflmao.gif this is so mean! I'm literally laughing so hard.

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I think the only people posting in this thread should be those with personal, direct experience of articulating said ankle.

 

G'day. I'm still working on getting that experience, along with the job on the women's FIS circuit rubbing the racers' legs down before they leave the hut...

 

 

 

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http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0034731

While the importance of physical abilities and motor coordination is non-contested in sport, more focus has recently been turned toward cognitive processes important for different sports. However, this line of studies has often investigated sport-specific cognitive traits, while few studies have focused on general cognitive traits. We explored if measures of general executive functions can predict the success of a soccer player. The present study used standardized neuropsychological assessment tools assessing players' general executive functions including on-line multi-processing such as creativity, response inhibition, and cognitive flexibility. In a first cross-sectional part of the study we compared the results between High Division players (HD), Lower Division players (LD) and a standardized norm group. The result shows that both HD and LD players had significantly better measures of executive functions in comparison to the norm group for both men and women. Moreover, the HD players outperformed the LD players in these tests. In the second prospective part of the study, a partial correlation test showed a significant correlation between the result from the executive test and the numbers of goals and assists the players had scored two seasons later. The results from this study strongly suggest that results in cognitive function tests predict the success of ball sport players.

 

 

Though this study specifically speaks to executive functions, I'd argue skiing requires both executive functions and working memory.

 

Support for both can be found in that thread on Ted Shred a week or two ago. 

 

 

 

 

He talks about memorizing the course. Then there's the decision component that kicks in when you go off your planned line - how to correct? How to compensate (your actual speed is now different from your planned speed and that affects your new line)? There's a good body of research that supports the theory that increasing working memory can increase cognitive function in general.

 

Probably a good idea to provide supporting documentation to your boss when you ask for that mental health day wink.gif.

post #11 of 11

Pretty damn sure that Skiing turns me into a hyperactive six year old with seriously impaired brain function.... then again maybe that is smarter.

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