<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lisamarie:By virtue of being instructors, I would assume that most of you who teach skiing adapted to the sport quite naturally, and may have a hard time feeling empathy for students with fear issues.
I have noticed that different instructors have different tactics for managing a student's fear. In no way do I believe that one method is better than another, but it would be interesting to hear how different instructors work with this.
I also discovered that what I REALLY respond to is quite different from what I thought I needed. I mentioned in my YIPEE thread, that at the workshop last year, our instructor was a very nurturing type of teacher. This years instructor was all about strategy. Take this line, pole plant first, use your edges, practice "patience turns", etc.
Much to my surprise, I found that keeping my mind on specific tasks was an effective way to not focus on being frightened. Its almost what I'd imagine military strategy to be like.
Although I've read Inner Skiing, and listened to all sorts of "fear management" type of talks, the psycho babble is not as effective as just knowing exactly what I need to do. Probably the least effective method for me is someone saying just make the damn turn already!
But one interesting thing an instructor said, was to never say to yourself "Don't Fall!" The brain does not have an image for "don't" but it sure has one for "fall". So instead, say "Stand Up".
I guess its about being proactive.
So as instructors, what tactics do you use?
You know, I may just be a fresh mouthed kid, but even though some of you ofeered some good advice, I think some of you completely missed LM's point. I'm not reading any of the "I'm so scaredy, scared stuff that some of you are implying. This thread is real different than some of the other things I've read of LM in the past. It sounds to me that she's found a way to work around all the fear stuff, and is telling some of you, as instructors, what works for her.
Nord, I dont think moguls, steeps and catching air represent any sort of "real world" balance skills. The fact that LM is learning in her 40s, when most people are begining to lose their sense of balance and proprioception is a clear sign that her conditioning program does work for her, otherwise she never would have come this far. I also seem to remember that LM hardly ever falls. Maybe she just needs confidence in her balance skills. Its the people who are tearing their ACLs, huting their backs and SI joints who need more balance training, even if they have prettyy decent ski skills.
Damn! 3 days of being sick and sleeping onand off for half the day, now i cant sleep at all!