I was wondering if anyone can help me on an issue i've been trying to work out.
I've been a ski instructor for the last 5 years and more recently training for my euro test and higher levels. Although this season, due to various factors i've had to take a break from instructing and instead going skiing purely for my own enjoyment. I fully intend to get back into it though and also do some Level 3 NZSIA training this summer. During this break though i'm getting back into gymnasts training full-time and circus performing (random I know). This as you might imagine requires a lot of flexibility, including splits and various other leg contortions.
My question is, will extreme flexibility affect my ability to ski race, or increase the likely hood of injury? Do ski racers stretch to a high level?
I've never been injured, and I somewhat believe this has been down to fact that my legs are solid and not at all that flexible. Whenever I have crashed, it's always been my upper body thats taken the beating and my legs just seem to stay locked up. I do a lot of sprinting too, which might of helped strengthen them. Ever since i've started stretching for gymnastics again, my spring speeds have dropped off and worried that will effect my skiing too.
I know I can't have the best of both worlds, but would be nice to find a good balance between the two sports I love.