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Bending at the waste

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
A former coach once told me that I looked like I was taking a dump while skiing. I am a disabled skier with my left leg being much weaker than my right leg.
In order for me to weight my left ski during high impact skiing, I almost have to bend at the waste. Can anyone help me???
post #2 of 12

>>In order for me to weight my left ski during high impact skiing, I almost have to bend at the waste. <<

There's nothing wrong with bending at the waste, but how much may be the question. I'm not sure why bending at the waste is the only way that you are able to weight your left ski. With some slight roundness in the lower back, and being flexed in the knees and ankles I believe is good posture for skiing. Of coarse, movement from this basic stance is also good. Extension and absorption from this stance should be your goals for smooth well balanced skiing.

Not being able to observe your skiing skills with your disability, would make it kinda hard for me to give a direct assessment of what's going on in your skiing. But if possible, a good athletic stance should be one of your goals.

I hope this sheds some light on your question.------Wigs :
post #3 of 12
One may certainly look as if they are emitting "waste" when bending at the *waist* inproperly.
post #4 of 12
Wigs. Nice job of evaluating truckman's skiing.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi Wigs,
Thanks for your insight.
Bending at the waste is not the only way that I weight my left ski, but the mobility that I have in my knee is very limited in either direction, so in crud or bumps if you will, I almost have to hunch over to weight the ski. And that causes back pain.
post #6 of 12
Former coach offered the criticism but no help solving the problem?

Change coaches would be number one and it seems that you have done that....

How about work on your boots in order to put you more in balance?
post #7 of 12
A shot in the dark, but why not lighten the inside ski vs weighting the outside? If the weaker leg muscles can't be built up to handle the excess weight, perhaps a brace of some kind might help as well. I can't imagine that kind of hunched-over skiing is good for your back or your technique.

A good instructor with experience with people with ACL injuries might have some insight.
post #8 of 12
truckman, Have you considered outriggers? They would help you in turning the skis and distribute your weighting a little more equally. I beleive that this would help with your upper body leaning. IMHO.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your insights. I greatly appreciate it!
post #10 of 12
solid waste?

liquid waste?

toxic waste?

I never bend when I see any of the three. Why would bending at various forms of waste have any effect on my skiing?
post #11 of 12
Wait till SCSA.......Gonzo
post #12 of 12
Truckman: Without more info I really can't give you a good assessment, but here are my thoughts based on what you've said. First, severe bending at the waist typically moves the hips back, therefore weight moves back and turning becomes a heel push or possibly a rotary push-off, ie-Bob Barnes discussion of the A-Frame in the Hyperchange Cafe,(Link).

Next you said that your left leg was much weaker then your right. This leads me to have you consider skiing as a Three-Tracker-ie one ski on the strong leg and two hand held outriggers,(a Canadian Crutch with a small ski tip attached). We use this adaptive skiing method for those individuals that may be post-polio, amputees, or others who have one leg, which is significantly weaker than the other.

Finally, may I suggest that you stop in at the adaptive center at Winterpark Resort. They have the foremost adaptive and probably the oldest program in the nation. They can do a complete dry-land and skiing evaluation. Once completed they can suggest how you might proceed to improve your skiing and make it easier, while having more fun. Good Luck.
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