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how to practice MA for you instructors

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Thread Starter 
In the Video MA request thread some questions came up about how to spot things.

Several suggestions for your practice.

Each day go out with one skill in mind.

Then on each ride up the chair, watch skiers and analyze that movement and that movement only.

For example

Today I am going to work on Rotary.

I see a skier that is clearly in the back seat (balance/stance) among some other glaring problems. DISCARD that input and look at the rotary skills ONLY.

Where does rotary start? What part of the body contributes the most energy to the rotary movement (however slight or overpowering) is the most obvious movement a cause or symptom? If it's a symptom, what is the cause? This might be where you recognize that it's a symptom of poor edging or balance. That's ok. If it's the cause, what is the outcome. Don't even think about what you would do yet. Just look at the skill as it is and understand it.

Do this all day for different skiers at different levels. If you have someone at your school very good at this, bounce ideas off them. But again skip the fix until you really begin to understand the function.

The next day pick a different skill. Same exercise. As you get better at this, you can break down the skills even more.

Rotary at the feet, rotary at the shoulders, etc..

Edging from the feet, edging from leading the knees or hips, edging due to banking or angulation, etc

Balance by anticipation and proactive skiing compared to constant recovery.

Lateral balance or fore/aft balance one ski, 2 ski, Stance or natural, Muscled or finessed.

Pressure management? Is it done with terrain, intent, muscles, skeletal stacking, early, reactive, etc.

The key here is break up the MA into it's components but concentrate on only one at a time. The better and more often you see and pick out specific movements the better and faster your overall MA will be.

For the teaching side of MA, same exercise, just take it one step further and how would you fix it? But I would work on the cause and effect part by itself first.

post #2 of 4
Thread Starter 
I should have mentioned that if you just want to know what we as instructors are looking for, this is good practice for everyone.
post #3 of 4
dchan, what you describe is exactly how I learned to ski. In my younger years I never had any lessons initially so to learn I picked out skiers who I knew were very skilled skiers and broke down the movements that they were making. Once I could pick out a few key movements I applied them to my skiing. It is great experience for non-instructors to learn to understand movement analysis, as well as your own skiing. Instructors as well can benefit from the experience.
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Thread Starter 
Too often we put so much emphasis on the "whole package" for your movement analysis. This is fine for exams but if you really want to understand the process, you really need to break down the individual skills. If you are constantly looking at the whole skier, you will often miss the subtle differences. Like the difference between rotary using the lower legs, rotary using the femurs or rotary using the hips/upper body. Often someone starts using the lower legs and then when it doesn't happen fast enough for them they ADD the upper body. Our eye if not trained will see the upperbody move and may miss the fact the the feet started to go first and maybe because the edges were engaged, the skier made a secondary move to get the rest of the job done.

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