Skiing is a high risk adventure sport that places unique demands on the body.
Dynamic leg symmetry and eccentric muscle control (controlled lengthening) rarely feature in a regular gym workout, so most people embark on a ski holiday without having actually trained the unique combination of core, pelvic and knee stabilisers that are integral to good technique and injury prevention.
Even ski enthusiasts with the best intentions prepare for their ski holidays with ill-informed programs. Most rely on wall squats, which are better than nothing, but they preference weight bearing through the heels which translates into leaning back too much on the slopes.
Leaning forward in a squat position on a downhill slope allows a skiier to get their centre of gravity closer to the ground where they have more control over their balance, offloads the pressure of the boots on the shins, catches less drag from the wind and reduces the risk of knee injury in the event of a fall.
To first get your head around applying biomechanical principles to skiing, watch this very impressive video made by professional skiier Dean Berkovitch.
If you have a mind for physics, David McPhail’s SkiMoves blog is the most comprehensive source of technical skiing biomechanical analysis that exists on the viagra sans ordonnance internet. Your mind will either be blown or bored within 30 seconds of reading his blog.
Next Step Physio runs pre-ski conditioning classes in East Brisbane & Grange from November-February and May – July.
Clients first have an assessment with the physiotherapist who takes them through a brief battery of observational tests to identify areas of vulnerability to be addressed in the program.
Clients then enrol in 8 – 16 group physiotherapy classes designed and delivered by a physiotherapist specifically for the purpose of training optimal biomechanics and endurance for skiing.