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post #91 of 94
FYI: Two interesting articles on proprioception:


Some links at the end of this one. The "I-function" refers to the brains "sense of self".

post #92 of 94
yes - or "the man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" has a chapter called the disembodied lady that describes a lady who loses her proprioception & has to start to adapt to this. (She also loses a little motor control function)

There was a nice page on the internet by a dance teacher describing how proprioception works & why you should correct dancers in certain manners... Lisa Marie may remember it?
post #93 of 94
Thanks for the links BigE. Waht a powerfull thing the mind is. Later, RicB.
post #94 of 94
Originally Posted by nolo
I think that's a source of misunderstanding about ankle flexion that needlessly divides us--a little dab'll do ya.

I believe, A boot that puts us in a statically balanced position with our skis on, by achieving the appropriate angles for the individuals morphological needs will inherently require very little ankle flexion to maintain dynamic balance. In fact a stiffer boot will reward a more skilled skier who uses the leverage provided to maintain his/her balance.

Should our equipments angles be less than ideally adapted to our needs the skier will find a softer flexing boot easier to use because they will have to move to a better position to balance effectively than the boots/bindings statically place them.

Certainly a less skilled skier will need a softer flexing boot to absorb unanticipated shocks, accelerations and deccelerations, and gross adjustment of their cm. to regain balance. A more skilled skier will detect and correct imbalances sooner and anticipate balancing needs better so therefore will appreciate a more responsive boot provided it's static placement of the foot and lower leg is optimal.

This is why fore/aft assessments and adjustments are critical to optimum balance. Granted there are many variables, some of which were eluded to in this thread. Ranges of flexion, length of tib/fib vs. foot length, boot ramp, binding stand heights, height, weight, etc. all work together to determine where we need to be. If you think a random choice in boots and bindings will put you in the optimum position out of the box, your chances are slimmer than you think!
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