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Winter Sports

Our therapists are experienced in working with winter sport participants, from elite Olympic-level skiers and snowboarders to once-a-year holidaymakers.

“Preparing physically for a winter sports holiday can reduce your chances of getting injured” – BILLY MORGAN, Olympic Bronze medallist snowboarder

About the Lab

Dynamics ski and snowboard lab was established to help people gain the most out of their snow holiday, whatever their levels of ability.  We enjoy sharing our knowledge that we have gained over the years, working with skiers and snowboarders at Olympic level. We have have worked with GB Snow sports through Sochi 2014 & PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Have you ever thought of why you can ski one way easier than the other?

Using specific tests for skiers and snowboarders we can develop an individual program, targeting any weaknesses that will facilitate your progression and improve your day up the mountain.

It’s not all about squats and lunges, although great strength exercises. We will look at your ability to get in the correct optimal position on your skies or snowboard, and help you gain the strength and stability to maintain this position.

 

Benefits from the assessment

Knowledge  

Strength

Balance-stability

Mobility

Developing a greater understanding of your physical capabilities and what this looks like for you personally, how this can affect your ability to ski or snowboard. How can you improve? Working on the muscle groups that will underpin and support your skiing/snowboarding and also how this helps reduce the risk of injury. Is essential for both skiing and snowboarding, the ability to control on one leg for skiing and holding an edge on your board requires good balance and control. Developing the ability to get in to the correct position is again important for both skiing and snowboarding.

Physical Ski Assessment

Below is what will be covered on the Ski assessment. Following the assessment, your ski therapist will take you through your results and explain what they mean to you personally.  advise on your next steps to making improvements to your scores that will have a positive effect on your skiing.

Ankle flexion range of movement

Skier symmetry

Leg steering range

Core stability

Single leg control

Body lean angle
Good ankle range of movement is required to maintain the correct position of the skies. Poor symmetry will compromise steering. Having greater strength, control through the hips and adductors will essentially maintain parallel through both legs. Being able to inwardly rotate the outside hip to create the turn is very important especially on the steeps.   Having the capacity of the muscles of the torso to assist in the maintenance of good posture. Being able to control and connect upper to lower body.  Gaining control in a single leg stance, increasing leg and hip strength. Required for changing direction and feeling stable. The ability to maintain grip through the turn, looking at both legs to lean together, the movement mainly comes from the lower back.