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BigE and Ric B, you guys are two people I have to meet up with one day!!!
Apropos to what you guys are talking about, I was at the gym with a fellow bear, someone who I'd like to take lessons from this season.

I was talikng about an odd thing that happens with my binocular vision. He asked if that has any effect on my skiing. This lead to an interesting discussion about my image of myself as a healthy person. I am never sick, have an unusually high pain threshold, rarely tired, and very resistant to injury.


I do have some strange, highly unusual medical things going on that affect my athletic performance. The problem is, I don't like to talk about them. My ego is caught up in being healthy.

We got into a discussion of how that can affect performance. The instructor will be trying all sorts of technical stuff, suggesting boot adjustments, but the student has some non technical issues that they are in total denial about.

I'll give an example. I just found out this year that my distance vision is non existent. looking down the hill, I see nothing, which tend to give me a sense of vertigo. Being admittedly, vain, I've been in denial about it, but this season I will take care of it.

This sort of scenario can be a challenge to an instructor. In the short span of a lesson, most people are uncomfortable about talking about the hidden things that may affect performance. That's why the ability to establish rapport and trust is just as imporatnt as technical expertise.
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Originally Posted by BigE
Nicely stated! I especially like the term "issues beyond the technical" -- which subordinates the technical to other issues. Clearly, once a skier has successfully dealt with those issues, the technical ones will become much simpler to manage.

In the best case, once the "issues beyond the technical" have been managed, the technique becomes trivial, and an "AHA!" experience happens. It is especially true that for those that have adequate levels of functional movement/performance, the "issues beyond the technical" take primary importance.

I love that term!
Thanks BigE, but I think your use of the term "managed" is equally important. When we help our students to manage the "issues beyond the technical" it does open doors to the technical. Also very astute of you to draw attention to the ability to identify and assign levels of importance to those "issues beyond the technical". If they go unidentified and/or ignored because we think the technical is always priority number one then we could be cheating the student out of a productive lesson.

I also agree with you saying that after a certain level the "issues beyond the technical" do naturally become higher priority. Was it Horst Abraham that said we need to remove the obstacles to learning? Isn't he really saying the we need to manage the "issues beyond the technical".

LM, that would be a good time. My vision has been deteriorating also. This might be my first year that I wear glasses on the hill.

Our gravity rules clinician gave three things that seperated the very best athletes from the rest; genetics, ambidexterity, and whole vision or the ability to take in everything in front of them in an instant (don't remember exactly how he put it). the rest of just have to work hard, but he hammered home that this hard work needs to encompass non sport work as much as sport specific work for success. Later, Ric B.
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