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check out this interview with Carl Ettinger: http://www.msnbc.com/news/716322.asp

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 08, 2002 04:26 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Lisamarie ]</font>
post #2 of 4
Lisamarie, Carl lives about ten miles from where I'm sitting. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy who will NOT hide his opinion from you, and he and his cohorts have made substantial, REALLY BIG contributions to ski safety and binding design over the years. This interview reinforces my theory that shorter skis are less likely to lead to ACL injuries. Thanks for the url

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 15, 2002 07:34 PM: Message edited 1 time, by oboe ]</font>
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It also makes you realize how important lessons are.

" Q: These mental images may work for experienced skier but what about rank beginners and complete klutzes?
Ettlinger: In our pamphlet we point out that it may also be possible to help reduce the risk of serious knee sprains by paying close attention to skiing technique. Several elements of the phantom foot profile can be considered bad habits. Having uphill arm back, being off-balance to the rear, and having hips below the knees are not part of normal skiing technique. If corrective actions are routinely taken whenever any one of the three is encountered, it could help prevent the chain of events leading to ACL injury from ever getting started."

Important stuff! I see many skiers who are a gazillion times better than me, but that uphill arm is way, way back! Strikes me as being an accident waiting to happen!
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Lisamarie, I doubt that they're better than you if they have their uphill hand back - you may be too modest about your ability, . . . or not, dunno. Maybe if in the future we meet at a Bears confab or whatever, I'll find out. Looking forward to it!
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