|Originally posted by David M:
First time skiers have no clue of what is supposed to happen in a ski boot. So they assume that what does happen is supposed to happen: "Gee I can't feel anything. I can't find my balance and my feet are numb. I guess this must be skiing". Try threading a needle with gloves on. Got the idea.
What happens next? An instructor tells the Never Ever to do things they can't possibly do. At this point they are having so much fun they can hardly wait to get off the hill and head for the nearest golf course. Becoming the Masters Champion seems infinitely more achieveable than learning to ski with ease.
"Knowledge improves our ability to see"
Golf course... Lets not go there! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Believe it or not, very few people know how to use their feet properly. Sadly, even the fitness industry is first starting to focus on the biomechanics of the feet. Considering many people's feet are messed up in some way or other, the implications for first time skiers are fightening!
Oz said "Obvious alignment problems should BE part of a full cert instructor’s movement analysis".
"Knowing where to get additional expert help with movement analysis should BE expected of a full cert instructor"
Double right on! I still beieve that no matter how good the equipment or instructor is, if certain gross postural misalignments are present, or if a person's entire muscular recruitment pattern is faulty, they will still have some pretty serious issues with their skiing.
An instructor looking at the way a person carries themself when they come for the lesson should be able to make a few educated guesses as to what can possibly happen when they start skiing. See the thread on posture and balance.
Just an observation, but I find it sort of interesting that this question was asked of students, but mostly instructors are responding.
Although I do not think there is one answer to this question, I would wager a guess that it would depend upon what standards of professionalism the student holds for themselves.
For example, to maintain my own personal standards, I need a seriously high tolerance for credit card debt, as well as an obsession with my subject matter that has me spending a huge portion of my free time researching it.
In contrast to skiing, working out in a gym has rarely caused death or injury requiring major surgery. For that reason, I have unrealistically expected ski instructors to know infintely more about all aspects of biomechanics than I do.
Unfortunately, the obscenely low pay rate of ski instructors does not make this possible.
However, especially in the US, we are experiencing a dumbing down of society, and what I expect maay be quite different from what the average American wants from a ski lesson.
Todd told me this story about a group that he had for a few days that did not want any instruction whatsoever; just lift line privleges. [what a waste of a good instructor's time!}
Wayne Westcott did this rather disturbibg study, involving psychological well being of 2 groups on a weight training program.
One group was given lots of correction. The other was given none at all, just lots of positive feedback, and lots of chit chattiness. After a given period of time, the "corrected" group had much better results, but they tested HIGHER for depression than when they sstarted the program.
The other group had very insignificant results in their level of fitness, but teseted HIGHER for psychological well being than when they started.
I hate that study, because I believe its true.