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post #31 of 35
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by yuki:
I usually demo how to get up but I'm too old/stiff to get up from a split...... so I leave that one out.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I know what you mean Yuki.

There's an old skier here in Austria that could bend a ski over his 'middle leg'. Although the stiffness assisted his demonstration he had to give it up when he reached old age. His wrists just couldn't take any more.
post #32 of 35

similair problem

I have a similair problem with my right foot that KeeToy has. I had my foot completly rebuilt a couple of years ago to correct a very old heel fracture that had resulted in a disfigured and somewhat disabled foot. Had been getting steriod shots for 20 years until I finally found a Doc willing to take the risk to fix me when I couldn't get my foot jammed into a ski boot any longer. I have absolutly no lateral movement in my right foot. I also have very little sensation on the medial side. This makes it difficult to feel that little toe sensation when trying to make decent carved turns.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what kind of excersises or drills that I could do to improve my edge control? Any help would be most appreciate!

post #33 of 35

Lack of Pain, bring it on!!!!

It's been two weeks since that punk snowboarder clipped me in the calf with his board in the air. The pain can still be horrific. Lack of sensation, dangerous? No, sorry, I could make a sexual comment, but I won't.
post #34 of 35
Another way to look at this is that difficulties with balance (especially one side versus the other) can be an indicator of an underlying problem not yet fully manifested.

For some time I noticed that the balance on my right leg wasn't as good as the left- not only while skiing (especially one ski drills), but also with certain things in the gym like one leg squats, any one leg balancing exercises on the bosu, etc.

I knew that I had more problem with ankle pronation on the right than left. Having a really good bootfitter and orthotics helped alot with staying balnced on skis.

Anyways, I had a "stiff" back for many years, never really limited me from getting out and doing what I wanted to do, until 5 weeks ago when I obviously herniated a disc (L5-S1 on the R). I'm not sure whether the problems with balance, not wearing orthotics for the majority of my life, caused me to compensate and repeatedly load the spine in an unhealthy way or whether the problem with the back itself was the root cause and led to the balance problem.

If there is any point to this post at all it is to not ignore differences in balance/strength between the right and left side because it may be an indicator of something wrong or about to go really wrong whether the imbalance is the underlying cause or not.

Fortunately, I'm about 80-90% recovered, have changed a number of routines in my life, and hope to get back out in about 2 weeks if all goes well (no bumps though).
post #35 of 35


No human being is perfectly symetrical or balanced. There are all sorts of environmental and social factors that shape your physical shape, attitude and preferences. As much as I hated to do it, I spent all day yesterday in bed. This brought the swelling down in my lower calf and ankle to almost nothing. Today I hope to put in another 7 mile or so walk. Of course while jumping in and out of bed, walking and sitting I feel differently when it comes to my balance and sensation in either leg. However, these are feelings based on physical realities accumulated over years of experience. Recently I walked into my local bank and told the pretty teller that I was confused about my balance. She laughed.
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