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Assymetric Feeling

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello everybody,

Perhaps you laugh at the name I gave to this thread
Let me explain you.Since I started started skiing many years ago,I always felt very comfortable and relaxed turning to the right,hips in the right place,nice angulation,balanced upper body,in every condition,powder,ice crud etc.But as soon I start turning left...: : ,all this pleasure dissappears and feel clumsier,cant feel this level of confidence.Know what I mean?...,I feel I counter rotate,I dont finish carving properly etc...
Let me give you a non skiing example.When I jump a fence.When I do it with my legs to the left,everything is OK.But when I try to do the opposite...OMG!
The question is.
Is there any exercise I can do either on piste or off piste that can make me more confident on my weak side while skiing?
Hope I ve been clear in my explanations

Txs in advance

post #2 of 10



The best exercise for working on a weak in one direction turn is called a garland. This is where you make the same direction turn over and over again during a traverse across a slope. Your ski tracks should look like a bunch of "W"s (with rounded bottoms instead of point bottoms) stuck together wwwwwwwwww or like a garland hung on a Christmas tree. After you turn your ski tips up into the hill, you let them drift back downhill, then make another turn into the hill.

However, the best way to feel more confident about your weak turn is to see yourself on video on a computer. There is computer software that can digitally flip your weak turn (e.g. a right turn) so that it looks like your strong turn. Then you can play your flipped turns side by side with your strong turns and see exactly what movements you are making that work (for your strong turns) and don't work (for your weak turns). Then you will have a clear picture in your mind of what you need to do to improve your weak turns.
post #3 of 10
get body alignment well checked out.....

I always had trouble with right hip - never the left one.... my instructor felt it was alignment related - everyone said not....

NOW - (due to back injury with right side pelvis displaced) we discover that I in fact have 1 leg longer than other (substantially) & due to compensation for same have a whole heap of issues with right side of body muscles....

Lots of work required to even me up again.... & that is before I start skiing again
post #4 of 10
You very well could have some musculature imbalances, or structural imbalances, causing limited range of motion and unessential muscle tensions. All of these can effect physical performance and require that we develope a fitness program that engages all the small stabilizer muscles and not just the major muscle groups, along with unpredictable physical and balance challenges.

On the snow, this might really be showing up in the middle or control phase of the turn. Ski without poles, with your hands on your hips and just feel the difference between the movements your hips make form the turns on each side. As you ski with your hands on your hips, keep your elbows pointed out and the try to keep your inside elbow ahead of your torso through the middle and end of the turn. Better yet, find a good instructor to help you in maintaining a strong inside half in your weak side turn like you do in your strong side turn. Inside hip and shoulder need to lead through the turn developing counter at the finish of the turn. Later, RicB.
post #5 of 10
I am so glad you asked this question because I have been noticing the same thing. My whole right side is much stronger and more active than my left. I notice it in everything, turning, pole planting, even doing other sports like running. At the end of a long skiing day, my right quads will be on fire during every turn but my left will feel hardly anything, which I take to mean I am just not using them as much as my right. Like you I feel great turning to the right when my right leg is on the inside, but turning to the left, I feel much less weaker and if I am going to take a fall or bail out, it almost always happens on a left turn.
post #6 of 10
Talk to your tailor. Do you dress "right" or "left?"
post #7 of 10

What do they recommend to remedythe problem? I have the same problem because of a short leg and a resulting bad back. I have cured the bad back, but not the short leg. A few years ago at a PSIA event I was able to see a difference in my ability to move my hips inside using a video like the one TheRusty mentioned. When I first had Greg Hoffman (Green Mountain Orth.) allign me years ago, he asked if I had ever injured my right hip (I have not).

In the last year I have put myself on a program of hip muscle stretching exercises which has greatly increased my flexibility on my "bad" side, but when I do pivot slips I can still tell that I have a flexibility issue on one side.
post #8 of 10
Podiatrist is making me new orthotics - with 5mm of lift under right(short leg) heel... (I have a 1cm + leg length difference... he tells me about 5mm should sort me out )

I have to work very hard on calf/achilles stretches - apparently as I have been walking on inside edge of long leg foot & outside edge of short for a long time I will need the flexibility to deal with the new orthotics when they appear....

He is also going to stabilise my very unstable feet.... He is hoping I cen put these in ski boots with some success as well - but we will have to see...

Physiotherapist has me on a program of stretching all the muscles in my right side... the ones between my ribs & hips especially & many around the lower spine.... also right & left butt is getting stretched.... also to work on core strength to stabilise new positions....

In skiing I can actually keep hips OK now - just through much awareness training from my instructors... I can now tell when I have let that hip drop into its preferred position under load (but weak not good)& I know to think about driving it through if it is causing grief.... should be much easier with more stable feet though... Also my ligaments & muscles should settle around the newer positions which will help
post #9 of 10
Oh my instructor has similar issues - that is why he noticed mine & I think he said you can plate the short leg ski or something....

The podiatrist is hoping that the 5mm orthotic lift will be OK in ski boot - otherwise we start exploring other options
post #10 of 10
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Thank you all for paying attention to my thread and giving your opinions
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