Up until this point I have been throwing out test balloon posts to try and get a sense of the issues in skiing. Blog statistics tell me what countries views are originating from, what search strings are being used to find my blog and what the top posts are. Based on the feedback I have gotten over the past few months from comments on the blog, personal emails and conversations with ski pros, it has become apparent that to a large extent skiing is influenced by opinion and dogma. While there are some pockets of science, they are for the most part disjointed and in some cases contradictory.
No one would argue that balance is everything in skiing. But good balance involves more than simply not falling or staying upright on skis. Good balance minimizes the stress on the body while maximizing the efficiency of movement. How? By mobilizing and configuring joint and skeletal patterns so that they make the most efficient use of muscle actions while providing the CNS (central nervous system) with the high quality neural data needed to mediate appropriate balance strategies in response to external forces that tend to disrupt or ‘perturb’ skier balance.
Starting with this post I will produce a series of posts on the issues pertaining to balance. In order to make this information readily available, I am going to create a heading on the main page and assemble all the posts on balance under this heading. I will try and make the complexities of balance as simple as possible. At the end of the day only way one can truly understand how to ski effectively is by understanding the mechanisms of balance and the factors that support or degrade balance.