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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW #23: "Skiing makes my thighs hurt (or calves, or etc.)"
Yes it may! But here are some defenses:
1) Get in shape--or better yet, be in shape.
2) Have good equipment that is well maintained so your skis can slide better and be turned more easily, being slippery.
3) Have boots that can be flexed forward so that you can bend your ankles, thus allowing you to move downward without moving backward, and so staying in balance over your whole foot.
4) Move while skiing so that you are not always firing the same muscles.
5) When initiating a turn, rise and move somewhat forward so your body stays perpendicular to the angle of your skis on the slope. This will invoke use of the hamstring muscles on the backs of the thighs and give the thigh muscles (quads) a little relief.
6) Use technique that is efficient. Improve your technique so that it is--and so that it is versatile for different situations, too.
7) Ski terrain that is within your fitness and skill levels.
8) Manage your exposure to altitude, fatigue, weather. Take breaks, stay hydrated, refuel with food.
IS A SLIDING SPORT"--a skiing web manual:
Skiing Web Manual
Contents Why Read
This Skiing Web Manual That First Skiing Lesson A
Little Skiing History
CONVENTIONAL SKIING WISDOMS
Skier Excuses Fear
Conditioning for Skiing
Equipment and Technique
to Develop Balance on Skis
A Skiing Turn
Simplified The Final Skiing Skill:
pressure management Tactics for Terrains and Snow
Textures and Racing
Skiing Tips and Tales--a potpourri
Exercises for Developing Skiing Skills
Children and Skiing
Age and Skiing
Gender & Skiing
Culture & Skiing
Skiing Ethics and Survival Slope Safety Skiing
Environment Glossary Acknowledgements
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