AN OPEN INVITATION TO ACADEMICS


I am inviting academics and those with an interest in the mechanics, biomechanics and physics of skiing who are reading this blog to contribute. I started this blog as a manifesto with which to empower those with the knowledge and inclination to come together for the purpose of contributing to the sport for the purpose of enabling skiers everywhere to enjoy skiing at the same level as the great natural skiers who ski with minimal effort. Comments, suggestions and objective criticism are both welcome and appreciated.

2 comments

  1. Of course, the problem is…academics don’t (can’t) do anything unless it’s funded. We are always pushed to find extramural research funding, and it’s getting harder and harder to find funding for applied research like this. There’s money out there to find a new protein or cell membrane channel, but nothing for this kind of work. If industry (ie. boot, binding, or ski manufacturers) were to stump up some funding, then it might be possible to find matching funding from extramural funders. How likely is that? According to you, they don’t seem willing to have their products scrutinised.

    1. Perhaps I am being irrationally optimistic in assuming that a person with a background in science would be offended by statements made by some that the foot functions best in skiing when its joints are completely immobilized. More than simply plumbing new depths of stupidity statements of this nature should strongly offend anyone with even a basic level of science because they indirectly imply that people are stupid. This issue aside, being that liability is assessed on the mean level of skill and knowledge I think it probable that the footwear industry may be served by not scrutinizing their products.

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