Monday, January 16, 2017

Converting a flexing release to forward hips, getting over the skis.

          Gaining and regaining Fore/aft Balance

One of the most mis-understood and frankly incorrect and damaging coaching approaches that continues to exist in USSA and in Canada's version of USSA, is how to achieve re-centering. What is constantly being taught and coached is extending and moving the hips forward. Although the idea may portray what you'd like to see, but that is not what is being done, by the best world cup skiers. These two approaches don't portray what is actually happening in world class skiing. 

The release!

                                                                    The Release

Flexing and retracting the ski and boot from the snow constitutes the release.
Lifting the tip of the ski, creates the correct tension and advantages the kinetic chain with the correct muscles and tension all the way up the body for a "backward" hold or movement of the boots.

Balance change by initiating the lifting and flexing of the previous stance or outside ski is accomplished.

                                                                      Edge Change

Continuing the retraction and changing edge angles of the lifted ski constitutes the change to the new edges. The new outside ski is weighted and balance is established on the new turning ski.

                                                           Inside ski pull back

The inside foot is pulled back creating a lift of the ski tail, or a transition from a back position on the ski to a center weighted ski.


Ideal Photography said...

So, what muscles are involved (mainly) on the pull back? Gleuts, lower back?

R Brewster said...

Great stuff. Amazing what this did for the racers I coach.

R Brewster said...

Great stuff. Amazing what this did for the racers I coach.

Harald Harb said...

At the point of release, when the outside leg is bending or flexing, the top of the foot is lifted, (closing the ankle joint in the boot) called dors-flexing. this in combination with lowering of the CG, brings up the ski tip. It also engages the stabilizing muscles of the pelvis to control the new balancing stance on the other leg. The pull back of the new inside ski and boot keep the CG moving straight DH. This is done with the hampstring muscle group. What to be careful of with this movement is not to pull the upper leg back, only pull back the ski and boot below the knee.