LM, I would be very interested in this topic.
Fifth attempt to post this this morning.
Disski, It's not that I knew nothing, but my knowledge was basic, and I didn't know the names of the lower leg muscles off the top of my head starting this thread. Truth is, I was more familiar with the foot and the leg from the knee up to and including the hips. The connection between these two area was something I felt, but couldn't put a technical face on it. I didn't know enough to connect the dots. And really, in the big picture you could say I really didn't know much. I felt and intuitively knew, but the science behind it was somewhere I hadn't gone, but certainly wanted and needed to. Our istructor training certainly doesn't take in this direction, and if we do go in this direction, it's doesn't seem to be recognized as valuable by those who do the recognizing.
: So be it. For me, I will continue, because that's how I'm made.
DM, did you as a result of your experimental testing come up with a way to determine that point the soleus goes into eccentric contraction, or that angle of the ankle for an individual? How do we figure this?
I have thought of balancing off the boot before, but never thought of it as changing the plain of the reference for balance.
I was curious how you would get to the soft boot thing, because as you said way back, you didn't like soft boots, yet this info seems to point to soft in some areas, or maybe as I said, movement with contact. That Lateral stiffness should channel or direct the force to our feet and hence the edges, works for me. You do say you need room in front of the shin for some unobstructed movement of the shin for ankle dorsiflexion. I'm reading that this amount of space for movement should corespond to the amount the ankle needs to dosiflex to put the soleus into eccentric contraction and the foot to find full connection to establish a base of support as the foot goes into plantarflexion and thus establish our balance in a natural way. How can this be achieved and still keep that lateral contact that is so nessasary for directing our force to the feet at the same time? I gonna assume there will be a compromise somewhere. Did your experiments show where this compromise would have the least impact?
As an aside, the bulk of my calf is out of the boot. Yet I've always felt that every boot I've owned in some ways inhibited fully getting the leg close to straight and still stay centered over a flat foot. One can force the issue but you soon find yourself rising up on your toes, lifting the heel, which changes the plain of your balance to the ball of the foot to the top of the back of the boot, totaly opposite from flexed position and just as unproductive for our balance I would think. My best skiing always happens when I'm flat footed, rooted in my boot to the snow, making that connection, reading the forces and responding naturaly to them. I can feel this. But it doesn't always happen. Truly understanding why is key to makng any changes in a persons skiing. More please [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]