Originally Posted by BigE
This quote baffles me:
I just cannot understand it. Doesn't it mean that if I'm at a 100/0 weight distribution, I am not in balance, because the leg that bears no weight cannot have a positive effect on any of the skills?
Not to me BigE. Think it about it a bit. Can you do something with your unweighted foot and leg that would have a positive effect on a skill, or put another way, can you make movements with the unweighted foot and leg that will have a positive effect on a skill? Obviously you can't remove pressure from an unweighted leg, but you can add pressure to the unweighted leg, tip the unweighted foot, and rotate the unweighted foot. Doing all these things effectively still requires that the skier is in balance.
This statement is not telling you which leg you will be balancing on, or what movement you will be making to achieve that positive effect/skill/movement, only that a skier in balance has options to make movements on either side of the body in a positive way, versus the skier that is not balancing effectively, who will have way fewer and more limited options to have a positive effect with either leg, or maybe no positive effect at all.
Take of one ski skiing for an example. Turns in both directions on the same ski with the other ski lifted. This would certainly apply here. The skier that is in balance can make movements with either foot and leg that can have that "positive, selective effect on any of the skills". Even including the leg that is lifted and stays lifted. A skier in balance has a full range of options with either leg, while a skier that is unbalanced has effectively reduced and/or negated their options. This is how I read it and basicly how it has been presented to me in the past.
It is really a statement about how our balance effects our options and our ability to make positive movements. For me the idea that we can still make positive movements with either leg even if we are balancing to only one is still true. I'm not sure why it would be confusing to anyone.