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SkiPress: The Thigh Test for balance

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Did anyone notice Alpental Angle's article on front to back balance:

http://3w.skipressworld.com/magazine...age=US3_30.swf

(Link may only work in IE, pg. 30 v.6 #3)
post #2 of 6
What sort of test is this? What's the point? What are the results? How does this convert to skiing?
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
It did seem incomplete to me also.

My first reaction was to say that SL flex vs. GS flex would give different results.

Is the goal to be able to bend the front and back with
a) the least amount of motion?
b) somewhat simultaneously in a static stance?
c) something else?
post #4 of 6
As I read the article, it's only a visible demonstration of what fore/aft balance will do - nothing new, just a more graphic way of demonstrating the principle.

Many of us have difficulty getting out of the back seat and into the driver's seat. What would be useful is not another admonition to get our weight forward. We need to discover HOW. Perhaps the visual in the article can be stored in the brain for use while skiing.

Meanwhile, what other ideas does anyone have? Of course, this is a question of bindings and boots - but more importantly, it's a question of really useful coaching. What can be done?
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by oboe View Post
As I read the article, it's only a visible demonstration of what fore/aft balance will do - nothing new, just a more graphic way of demonstrating the principle.

Many of us have difficulty getting out of the back seat and into the driver's seat. What would be useful is not another admonition to get our weight forward. We need to discover HOW. Perhaps the visual in the article can be stored in the brain for use while skiing.

Meanwhile, what other ideas does anyone have? Of course, this is a question of bindings and boots - but more importantly, it's a question of really useful coaching. What can be done?
I find that the place I have to worry about the back seat is the part of the turn just past the fall line, when forces really start to build up. If I flex my knees to absorb the forces I go back. My solution is to feel the muscles in my lower back, which are probably the tops of the hamstrings, pulling me forward through that part of the turn. If you are more visual, you can look to see that the ground doens't get closer to your eyes in that part of the turn.
post #6 of 6
That article was unbelievably incomplete. It gave nothing except maybe some "awareness" that there are fore/aft balancing issues. It had large pictures and very little room for text - too bad because they could have actually provided some useful information on boot balancing.
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