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Fore-aft balance - results of survey

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Thread Starter 

In March 2013 we posted a link to a short Survey Monkey survey on Epic (and 3 other English-language forums)

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119383/survey-on-fore-aft-ski-balance

 

The survey was to discover where skiers believe they should focus their fore/aft balance - in other words, the centre of pressure on the sole of the foot (or ski boot) while skiing. 

To the best of our knowledge, this hasn't been researched before. 

We promised to feedback the results, after presenting at the International Science and Skiing Congress (ICSS), so the results are now on: http://skibalance.info 

Everyone, thanks very much for your help

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thank you for returning to show the results of the survey. 

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Thread Starter 

To summarise the findings:

 

A total of 368 respondents completed the surveyself-described as (category overlap was allowed):

 

Intermediate

21.7%

(80)

Advanced

27.7%

(102)

Expert

26.9%

(99)

Instructor

35.9%

(132)

Trainer or coach

20.4%

(75)

Racer

13.0%

(48)

Freestyle

5.7%

(21)

Touring/ Ski Mountaineer

9.8%

(36)

Other

4.1%

(15)

Male: 70.5% (239)    Female 29.5% (100)    Mean age 40.3 yrs

 

 

 

Respondents were asked to identify on a scale from 1-12 (fore to aft) or A/B/C (fore/mid/hind foot) using a simple diagram:

 

 

 

 

Q1: Where they aim to balance, skiing in a straight line
Q2: Where they aim to press when making a turn, or (only if stated that they deliberately vary the point of pressure through a turn)

Q3: Where they aim to press on entry to a turn, mid-turn and on exit.

 

In response to feedback, respondents were asked to assume that they were skiing straightforward turns on uncomplicated terrain, comfortably within their limits.

 

 

 

Q1: Balance when skiing in a straight line 

Total balancing somewhere on fore–foot 14%

Total balancing somewhere on mid–foot 77%

Total balancing somewhere on hind–foot  7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q2: Balance when turning 
Total balancing somewhere on fore–foot   24.5%

Total balancing somewhere on mid–foot   23.6%

Total balancing somewhere on hind–foot    2.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q3: However, 49% of skiers aim to deliberately vary the point of pressure throughout the duration of the turn:

(If you deliberately aim to vary the pressure point, where do you typically aim to press on initiation, midway and on exiting a turn?)

 

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