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post #31 of 37
I find doing MA out in the air to be much easier than watching a video. This might be because when you're watching a video, it's generally part of training or an exam, and the pressure is on. But out on the hill, I find that I can 'get it' easier and quicker.

And generally, having watched the person, and chatted with them to gain some idea of what they are thinking, i tend to tackle their issues from left field, and usually it does begin with some balance stuff, and then add things to that to get the guest to where they said they'd like to be.

It's no good fixing problems that we can see, if it's not making the guest feel as though they're getting anywhere.
I've been reading some scathing reviews of lessons by people on an aussie forum..."she just had me going back to snowplough for 2 hours...". Whatever these instructors were doing was probably correct and warranted, but the guests had no idea what it was all in aid of, and so they reckoned the lessons were a waste of time.

It's so important to assess the guest's skiing, but also get a handle on where they're coming from and where they want to go, and ensure your lesson ties all this in and make sure they understand it!

I'll never forget the lady I had in a group, she was very sad and frustrated, and I discovered she was trying to ski while lifting her uphill/inside foot and thumping it on the snow...evidently she'd had a lesson where they'd done thumpers, and she thought this was how she was meant to be skiing!
Skiing had suddenly become an impossible task for her.
post #32 of 37
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Originally posted by milesb:
[QB]Also, Mary has the same movement patteren as Jack. QB]
Sorry to be so long in getting back but it's been some very long days at the golf course lately (and a little practice round in Denver today).


I was using a new software program today and I was able to spilt screen the images of Mary and Jack, synchronizing their turns. It really validated what you observed. Now, if I could find a way to record that split screen we'd have a phenominal tool.

The description of "turning to go there" was Jack's. But he does occasionally have difficulty vebalizing specific thoughts.
post #33 of 37
Ski & Golf and Miles,

I'd echo the bravo if you would describe the movement pattern that is similar.
post #34 of 37
If you are looking for a movement analysis tool an Australian company makes a product called Swinger which can be used for all sports. Look up the web site ww.swinger.com.au
post #35 of 37
I guess I won't be getting a bravo from nolo, because I can't accurately describe it. Sorry.

post #36 of 37

It's a technicality. It's like your math teacher saying, "Miles, you got the answer right, but I want to see how you arrived at it."

"I can only award you half credit."

post #37 of 37
Thanks for that link, Tony. As a tool for movement analysis, I think video has a lot of unexplored potential. I saw similar software about 5 years ago, promoted by an instructor who was trying to sell it to ski schools and resorts as both a marketing and a learning tool. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to catch on as well as it could have. I suspect he was a little ahead of his time! Now that half the world owns a digital video camera and a computer capable of editing the video, I'll bet we see a huge increase in things like this.

"Swinger" looks good. Now if I could just come up with a spare $750....

Thanks again Tony--and welcome to EpicSki!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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