SKI TECHNIQUE LAB – 2017 NATIONAL TOUR

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Warren Smith Ski Academy Ski Technique Lab Tour

IMPROVE YOUR SKIING OFF THE SNOW

In just under 3 weeks the launch of the SKI TECHNIQUE LAB  – 2017 National Tour will take place at selected Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports stores around the UK.

WHAT IS THE ‘SKI TECHNIQUE LAB’ ABOUT?
The ‘Ski Technique Lab’ is an event that consists of a lecture and tests that explain the Academy’s 3 Way Lineage (Ski Technique / Ski Biomechanics / Ski Equipment Precision)philosophy of teaching and why it’s vital for ski technique development, unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns. This typically relates to a lack of movement range and muscle coordination which can be spotted and fixed off the mountain.

On last year’s tour, we introduced the first half of our DRY LAND TRAINING series and measured people in the 3 way foundation tests. This year we’re excited to announce that we will be adding a further 3 tests on the evening giving you the ‘6 WAY FOUNDATION’.

The launch of the ‘6 WAY FOUNDATION’ tests this autumn is your chance for the team to help identify your specific movement ranges and what you need to do to either balance out differences between the right and left side of the body or to generally improve range.

RESULTS FROM LAST YEAR’S TOUR
Last year we introduced 1.Leg Steering range, 2. Skier Symmetry, and 3. Leg Flex Pattern. We demonstrated how each one of these areas can be worked upon at home with specific exercises that can ultimately improve ski technique away from the snow.

Over the period of the tour we worked with over 1000 skiers and our findings were incredible. The results highlighted just how limited people were in the ranges of movement required for skiing. Only 5% of people passed all of the following 3 tests in the SKI TECHNIQUE LAB:

1. LEG FLEX PATTERN TEST
By taking a measurement of how far each person’s ankle allows them to flex, we can tell early on if the simple mechanics of the sport will work or not. The ideal range for safe skiing on the drop test is between 15cm and 20cm with the same flex range on the right and left ankle. Our findings showed the national average was 11cm, with the lowest score being 4cm. Most importantly over 95% of people showed a clear difference between left and right ankle flex.

2. SKIER SYMMETRY TEST
Symmetry describes how skiers manage their width of stance from the feet up to their hips and maintain a consistently symmetrical position. To test this range, we used our simple 10 secondtest, where attendees try to pull their feet together on a slippery surface in a slow controlled movement without the knees dropping in. The findings showed that over 70% of people had to take 3 attempts to make it last 10 seconds or more. Muscle fatigue was also evident.

3. LEG STEERING RANGE TEST
The ability to steer the legs independently from the hips is one of the most fundamental movements in skiing. This is the ball rotating inside the socket joint of the hip. We measured the range the outside leg is able to rotate inwardly (i.e. left leg steering inwardly towards the right) without the hips following. The average inward rotation range was 45 degrees. 90% of people showed over 20 degrees difference between left and right and only 5% of people tested showed a clear range of 70 degrees in each direction.

The encouraging news is that many attendees went away from the lectures and used our specific exercises to help build on their results. People have since re-scored themselves and have seen dramatic changes in the ranges for each test. The simple fact remains, that for skiing specific movement ranges are required. Our findings demonstrate that the majority of skiers go to the mountains without these required ranges. If the range isn’t there off the snow, it won’t be there when you get to the snow. DRY LAND TRAINING gets you to these desired ranges on average within 3 weeks.

NEW THIS YEAR
4. BODY ANGULATION TEST
Learning how to move laterally and create angles in the body. This is a key factor in skiing technique and a movement range that many people struggle with, especially on one side of the body. Our exercise will help identify and improve range.

5. LEG EXTENSION TEST
Learning the correct action and understanding how to activate the outside leg to achieve edge grip and pressure during your turns. We’ll show a great exercise to try at home or in the gym.

6. CORE STABILITY TEST
Becoming aware of core strength and how to keep it activated whilst skiing. This helps deal with the pressure that skiing puts through the middle of your body. We’ll give you some practical ski specific exercises to try.

Initial sales of tickets for these events have been high, so if there is a date and location that suits you, book now through the Ellis Brigham link: https://www.ellis-brigham.com/advice-inspiration/blogs/events/ski-technique-lab-uk-tour

GLASGOW – BRAEHEAD – OCTOBER 12TH (7PM)

FORT WILLIAM – OCTOBER 13TH (7PM)

MANCHESTER – DEANSGATE – OCTOBER 16TH (7PM)

CASTLEFORD – XSCAPE – OCTOBER 17TH (7PM)

TAMWORTH – SNOWDOME – OCTOBER 18TH (7PM)

BRISTOL – OCTOBER 19TH (7PM)

MILTON KEYNES – XSCAPE – OCTOBER 20TH (7.30PM)

LONDON – COVENT GARDEN – OCTOBER 23RD (8.15PM)

LONDON – CHELSEA FC – OCTOBER 24TH (7.30PM)

LONDON – KENSINGTON HIGH STREET – OCTOBER 25TH (7.30PM)

Entry is £8 per person. Each event will run for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with additional with time after to chat to the Academy team.

If you require any further information get in touch with the Academy team by emailing us at theteam@warrensmith-skiacademy.com or calling us on +41 79 530 4549

https://www.ellis-brigham.com/advice-inspiration/blogs/events/ski-technique-lab-uk-tour

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