post #61 of 128
12/27/02 at 1:09pm
|Originally posted by Ric B:
Si, another thing that I notice that is different from say ten years ago with 205 straight sticks and stiff forward boots, is that the tiredness I get early season has changed from what used to be more soreness in the quads and the calf(gastroc) to now a more general tiredness in a balanced way between all the lower body and leg muscles. My glutes and ham strings are now more in the picture, along wiht the quads, though it's not the soreness I used to experience years ago, on old school gear. :
|It is essential that CoG connect with ground at every step and with every edge change. Prior to fully committing to the new stance foot the balance system must confirm that a solid connection has been established. A foot pressing down on an edged ski is not yet ready to support CoG until the balance system confirms that a solid connection with the ground has been made with all 3 points of the foot. The current fixation with tipping skis on edge typically results in 1 out of a total of 3 points of the foot making any degree of contact with the ground. While 1 out of 3 may be OK for some situations balance requires 3 for 3. For the most part the current approach to skiing and ski teaching amounts to trying to partially walk on air or, worse trying to teach others to partially walk on air. This more than any other reason serves to explain why skier anxiety, fear and stress is often so high; the balance system is constantly looking for a connection with ground yet never finding one.
|The objective of my dialogue on stance is to teach skiers how to connect with the ground and to define the equipment factors required to support such a connection. In my next post I will describe left and right stances along with some exercises.|
|Originally posted by Pierre:
I think the average time from first hire to end of career is about 2 years. You won't change that statistic. .
|Originally posted by nolo:
[QB]Ott is right. Most instructors aren't into teaching as a personal mission of enlightenment. Most skiers aren't in skiing for enlightenment either.
But SOME are. Those that are in it for the philosophy (love of knowledge) will find incredible value in the sport for themselves and others.
|Originally posted by David M:
One thing that is a huge problem is that many people stand normally with either one or both feet turned outward (i.e. duck feet). The muscles that rotate the leg being out of balance usually cause this. When skis force their feet into alignment (i.e. straight ahead) this can cause significant stress in the pelvis and lower back (are you out there LisaMarie?).
|I normally don’t like the use of under binding cants or boot sole canting as a long-term solution. There are a lot of things that can cause problems with dynamic knee tracking and other lower limb function issues that canting should be one of the last solutions to try (NOTE: The knee is not supposed to track straight ahead). The normal anatomic reference is for the feet to be on a surface that is at a right angle to the body. Canting messes this relationship up and can cause other problems that I will get to later. However getting the cuff neutral on the leg can be so finicky that small amounts of boot sole grinding may be necessary to fine tune side cant. And for some people canting may be the best thing that can be done.
|One reason I hardly work on ski boots anymore is that it is not unusual to have to remove the cuff from the boot, weld plastic into the cuff rivet holes and then reposition and re rivet the cuff on the lower shell in order to get forward lean and side cant right for some people.|
|One thing that is a huge problem is that many people stand normally with either one or both feet turned outward (i.e. duck feet). The muscles that rotate the leg being out of balance usually cause this.|