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Postural Analysis

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi Gang!

I offered this to SF Dean, so I think that it is only fair that I extend this to the rest of teh Epicski Community. If you have a photo of yourself without bundles of winter clothes, post it here and I can do a basic postural analysis.

I say basic, because the photo will obviously be somewhat posed and static, but I can get a basic idea of any obvious misalignments or muscular imbalances. I did this at the first Academy, and you would be amazed at the correlation between imbalance, posture and ski technique.

Who wants to go first?
post #2 of 13
Ok, this is pretty tough Lisa. I don't take much pride in my overweight self, and as a result I don't get in front of the camera much. Assuming you will be easier that we were on Highway Star, take your best shot: (Oh geeze, I'm going to regret this)



post #3 of 13
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(Oh geeze, I'm going to regret this)
Thank God I can delete the answer if I don't like it!
post #4 of 13
Well as you can see I have a swayed back. I have had my boots aligned by Greg Hoffman (but I didn't take off my shirt for him - lucky him.)

Looking at this picture it seems as if this would really mess up my skiing, but Greg said we adjust for these structural problems over the years.

Comments?
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post #5 of 13
Here's a picture of me and one of my daughters. Sorry about the belly peeking out--it was a brutally hot day in Paris last summer.
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post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Cirq, you are WAY too hard on yourself! Yours is a bit hard to do without a full body shot, but I'll make some quiick observations:

The main small thing I'm seeing for you is a slight forward head position, and a small misalignment of your right shoulder. At first, I thought it was the backpack, but in the second photo, you can tell that it's rotated slightly forward, and slightly elevated. If you have a desk job, that can be the culprit. Doing exercises for your lats and rhomboid, such as the lat pulldown and seated row can help pull your shoulders back. Also, if those muscles are stronger, your delts will not be working quite so hard, so there will be less shoulder elevation. The end result may be a more fluid pole plant. However, since your body is not in gross misalignment, you are probably not seeing anything that significantlt hinders your technique.

Jazz Man! I'm seeing the swayback as well as a slight scoliosis. Your right hip seems to be a bit higher than your left. Knees may be a little bit hyperextended, which may be fixed by performing more hamstring exercises. The hyperextended knees can also be one of the causes of the swayback. I'm also seeing the forward head. Since you are familiar with mind/body exercises, you may be able to fix this with visualization. Imagine someone has a string on top of your head, drawing you up to the clouds. If your head is forward when you are skiing, your body may compensate by bringing your hips into a swayback position, and putting you in the back seat. I would also suggest more lat and rhomboid exercises to open up your upper back.

Nolo, I'm not sure if the shoulder bag is affecting your alignment, but it seems like your left hip is slightly elevated, and your left shoulder is slighly dropped. Your head is also tilted slightly to the left. I'm not sure if it's just thsi photo, but there seems to be a little bit of jaw clenching which may be causing some tension in your neck. However, if you are not seeing any kind of of difference between turning to one side or the other on the slopes, I would attribute this to the shoulder bag. And what belly????

Your daughter is stunning, but she is in classic teenager posture. She needs to do some core work to ge t her to stop slouching, and some upper back work to open up her shoulder alignment.

There, was that so bad?:
post #7 of 13
Thanks Lisa, I need some explanation of what you said though. As to the knee being hyperextended, what do you see that tells you this, and how could that effect the swayback or scoliosis (and what's the difference between the two?)
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Scoliosis is a spine that is curved to one side, and swayback is a spine that is hyperextended. Locked out knees may pull the pelvis backward. There is a subtlety to noticing this, but there seems to be a bit of tension in your knees in this photo, that only a trained eye would see. We often talk about knees being visually straight to the eye, but not locked out. I also, I can't see your feet, but the position of your right knee indicates that you may tend to pronate your right foot. However, that may be due to the position of your right hip.
post #9 of 13
Nice job, Lisa. The bag had a large water bottle in it, so may be affecting my posture somewhat, but I'd say your analysis is spot-on. Would doing some core strengthening take care of this left-comma posture of mine?

I will pass along your advice to Julie--she is a major sloucher. She will be pleased that you called her stunning, though.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
A liitle bit of work on the stability ball would give you immediate feedback as to whether you are favoring one side, so you could correct it.

As far as Julie is concerned, she has one of those enviable bodies: slim yet well endowed. However, at her age, she may be feeling a bit shy about the well-endowed part, which can explain the slouch. That may make it challenging, but not impossible to fix.
post #11 of 13
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Julie--she is a major sloucher.
That's slouching? I'm sooooo not posting a picture of me in this thread! : I stand to my full height so rarely that most people are shocked when I do (i.e., "wow, you're even taller then I thought").
post #12 of 13
Lisa,
How do you account for your postural analysis observations carried over to the more extreme declines of the slope where skill level may dictate position.

Ben Pearl, DPM
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
That's a very interesting question. For the most part, I leave the on the hill analysis to the ski instructors. However, I have noticed a high correlation between skill level and posture. For example, if I am skiing on terrain that is way above my skill level, I often find it challenging to re-adjust my alignment.

I am currently working with an extreme, freestyle skier who would have been eligible for Olympic try outs if it were not for the six or seven surgeries she has had in the past 10 years. She is extremely tall, and somehow that has affected her posture and, unfortunately, her balance. I sispect that growing up being tall made her self consicous. As a result, she probably slouched, which in turn weakened her core muscles. As I worked with her, I found a whole bunch of "weak links."

Obviously, she is an excellent skier, but there are things going on in her alignment, as well as some muscle weaknesses that are putting her under the surgeon's knife, as opposed to the Olympic Trials.
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