10 Biomechanics Tips for Skiers

Written by David Murrie, BASI Member

  1. Select equipment and get a boot fit, for your specific anatomy as well as your level and type of skiing; not marketing, fashion (or by hero worship).ChrisCarve
  1. Check and optimise your alignment.
  1. Check and optimise your ramp angle.
  1. Check and develop an appropriate balance of specific eccentric and isometric strength around your knee and low back joints.
  1. Do not emphasise lateral bending of the spine (for angulation) – flex at the hip with complimentary rotational separation.
  1. Staying square and with whole body inclination, in the name of `maximum strength`, is not effective biomechanics (nor an effective or versatile way to ski).
  1. A `wide` stance may give you `stability`, but stability is not the `holy grail` of biomechanics, or skiing. What about flow, moving, effective weight transfer (and toppling out of balance)? Learn to control instability.
  1. Motor control, including coordination, effective use of your neuro-musculo-skeletal system; these aspects are important factors in your sport `fitness`.
  1. Static and linear mechanics are not automatically the same as / transferable to curvilinear sports motion.
  1. Don`t buy `snake oil`; justified as `biomechanics` but, based on no science evidence or learning. Many basic concepts are misinterpreted, oversimplified and oversold.

(10+. Moving up, to turn downhill – helps in some conditions /situations but isn’t the most efficient, nor always best way to go…)

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