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pressure management skills

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I was talking to a friend on the chairs this week end about how one of my quads is weaker than the other one. Namely the right quad is weaker.  Does that usually happen that a right handed person has a weaker right quad, or is it because of the knee surgery and the fact that I did not regain all the muscle mass/strength yet. Talking about this I realized 2 things: one, my right side burns more - two: my ski tends to chatters if the right leg is the outside.  Which, I think, I tend to compensate for by angulating more to dig in the edge more. Does that make sense? Is chattering a dead giveaway for lack of pressure management?


post #2 of 9
possible boot alignment issue?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
 I doubt - the athletic trainer who helped me with recovery after surgery said I was aligned properly (in his words: my knee is tracking straight)
post #4 of 9
 Tracking straight in ski boots?
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
 no. standing in socks flexing ankles and knees.
post #6 of 9
 wel, there ya go. In ski boots is a whole different story.
post #7 of 9
If you are right handed your left leg is probably dominant; you probably kick a ball with your right foot using left for stability.   A recent surgery on a right knee will make it exasperate the situation, you will favor the left even more for a while.

Coming back from a knee injury takes a while, regardless of who you are or how well you ski.  Redeveloping the atrophied muscles, and reestablishing the confidence in that leg takes time.  Suspect your alignment issue is more mental.
post #8 of 9

snownat you sound like you are a bit in the back seat and not over the sweet spot on your skis.  This could be due to being tentative or tense and/or it could have been your default technique before your surgery.  


Pressure management in my opinion  usually develops gradually in a natural way when you learn to guide the ski parallel  and move your body with the skis through the turn.  For this reason I doubt your problems are mostly due to ineffective pressure control.
Alignment could be a contributing factor but certainly not a deal killer.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Stranger,
Exactly, I kick with the right foot.  Less than 2 years after surgery.

Pierre I think you may be right too, the quads definitely work more when slightly in the back seat, and definitely I feel them more during the finish of the turn, where I am more likely to be there
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