Considering I ski like a freakin New York Times crossword puzzle, I think you may be on to something!
post #61 of 318
11/8/02 at 10:17pm
|Originally posted by whtmt:
Someone mentioned, that he frequently trips or stumbles on curbs and uneven or misaligned stairs. I don't believe that this is as much a balance matter as it is an under-development of propriaception. Propriaception as I understand it, and I will be happy to defer to Lisa-Marie, is the body's ability to recognize where a body part is relative to another object.
For instance, when we are walking down stairs, which may not be familiar to us, even then as we proceed the body quickly determines where the next step is, relative to those that we have just walked on.
Is this more of a balance matter or is it a matter of how to use our body parts, to maintain dynamic balance through some other development, such as improving our body's ability to use more active propriaception? How we control and develop dynamic balance as skiers is what I find to be the real issue here, not balance for balance's sake.
|Originally posted by whtmt:
To control and enhance dynamic balance I have found that placing a slight amount of controlled tension in the ankle joint provides a slight advantage when I have hit an icy patch or some other condition, that interrupts the continuously flowing rhythm of the direction I'm traveling. To that end in particular,I find that slightly closing the ankle joint keeps enough tension in the joint to provide enough resistance to maintain a solidly balanced stance with my feet / skis under me. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
|Originally posted by mosh:
This balance thing is skiing in a nut shell.
So what is my point? I agree and would appreciate some help letting the world know that there is a difference between skiing balance, and walking balance. We learn to balance as children. We learn by falling down where vertical is. Once this lesson is deeply engrained in our software we forget about it, but it is always there. We don't think about it when we stand up to go to the bathroom. Or the thousands of other things we do.
The equivalent to asking the missile defense program to ignore incoming ballistic missiles from Sadam.
So there is a consious and an unconsiuos sence of place. walking is unconsious and paralell to gravity. Consious balance begins when soom fool tells you that you can defy gravity while careening down a mountain on skis. Not the most convinsing argument. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
So I hope that this can shine a ray of light on a situation that I feel sees very little light. Understanding that this paradigm exists is the first step in teaching balance. Know where the fear starts and work from there. Telling people to lean forward when they ski is just not going to cut it.
|as we start to come out of the turn we are put into a more parallel state with gravity.|