How Do Skiers Hold Position (stability)?
After proper tissue length has been restored, we can create a phasic strength program to correct misalignment and movement efficiency. One of the biggest challenges to a skier with poor alignment is a change in their center of gravity. Being able to move efficiently down the hill requires quick, balanced turns. Poor alignment alters your center of gravity and will devastate your clean lines. Poor alignment will also regress the new mobility that we have worked to improve. Stability training is about reinforcing and maintaining good postural alignment, good joint balance and strength, and proper proprioception, or balance. Holding position, or stability, involves low loads and higher time under tension. A joint, or area that generates power, must first be able to properly hold a position. Too much load on a joint with poor stability is a recipe for injury. At PerformancEDU, we use our assessment to see where these stability deficiencies lie and correct those before any high loads are added. If you really think about how long you spend on skis throughout a day, weekend, or ski week, you realize that being strong and explosive can only exist if you’re able to hold a good position over a long period of time. Injury prevention and performance for our skiers relies on having stability at the shoulder, back, hips, knees and feet. By utilizing a series of stability exercises, we can strengthen the stabilizer systems through functional patterns. With hard work and consistency, these efforts will result in improved, safer movement on the hill. The take away here is that base level stability work will not only build the foundation for skier performance, but also minimize potential injury.