Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fanara higher in the same run where he injured his knee.

With these contrived body positions in these photos, it demonstrates that loads to his knee must be reduced, because of the poor alignment, the boot forces the skier, to deal with the loading skiing forces in a weird and dangerous way.  This is weird skiing by anyone's book. If you don't recognize this, you probably should not be coaching athletes. 

These types of reactions can temporarily reduce the bad affects of poor boot alignment, but the consequences later in the arc or in the next turn can't be over come. These positions and the angle of the ski will cause may different unwanted actions from the ski. Fanara's knee could have blown out, on any of theses turns. These are two different turns on his right leg, the same right knee he injured later down the hill in this race, without even falling.

Not one of these photos shows a functional knee in relationship or a strong position loaded and lined up with the forces of the turn. He has used two different adaptive techniques to back off the ski, one is dumping his hip inside, to reduce pressure, the other is leaning away from the ski, to reduce pressure. 
Here he has to lean away from the ski, because it would otherwise overload and go straight. Or blow out his knee, a skier can sense when the forces are going to be damaging. 

This is the only photo where his knee is actually in line with the forces. However, no ski racer wants to get in this position. And now,  much of his weight has been loaded onto the inside ski. 

Here is another attempt at getting angles without pressuring the ski, notice how his right knee never comes bent or under his body. This shows a total lack of control for building edge angles with his feet and boots. 
Even if Hirscher's alignment on this leg is less than ideal, he has the power and strength to get it lined up with the forces and on edge. The knee is slightly tipped in and over, this allows his upper body to line up with the ski edge.

In both of these photos, the skiers can control the ski angle with the feet, ankles and leg. The upper body is lined up and supporting the ski angle. Big contrast to the Fanara situation.

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