Warren Smith Ski Technique Lab
Formulated over 20 years by working with thousands of skiers, the Warren Smith Ski Academy have developed what many say is a like a skiing specific gait analysis or a skiing MOT. In practice it’s a range of biomechanical screens that give our expert coaches the necessary information to develop your ski technique and address any problem areas before you hit the slopes. This reduces your injury risk, increases your rate of development and improves your overall skiing performance.
These programs will give attendees education on how the 3 Way Lineage (combination of Ski Technique, Ski Biomechanics and Ski Equipment Precision) works for ski instructors and coaches, as well as individual skiers trying to improve by themselves. Everyone will get a chance to be assessed in the Ski Technique Lab’s 6 Way Foundation’ tests (explained below) and shown how to improve scores focusing on Functional Mobility, Stability and Strength Drills. You’ll be left with enough data and knowledge to build your own technique development program off snow and dramatically change your skiing before the winter season starts.
Expert Program Certification – This year sees the launch of an Expert Program Certification that will offer Ski Retailers, Personal Trainers, Physios and Ski Industry Workers the chance to learn how to deliver and asses skiers through the Ski Technique Lab. This will include further education on the 3 Way Lineage and 6 Way Foundation tests. Successful students will receive a SKI TECHNIQUE LAB – EXPERT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE and will be able to pass on the knowledge and test skiers themselves.
THE 6 WAY FOUNDATION TESTS
- 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 test range for safe skiing is between 10 and 15cm with equal range on the right and left ankle. Many skiers taking the test don’t meet the range needed and also show a difference between left and right.
- 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 use our simple 10 second test where attendees try to pull their feet together on a slippery surface in a slow controlled movement without their knees dropping in. A weakness in this range is usually evident with most skiers and training is needed to get to the 10 second goal.
- LEG STEERING RANGE TEST: This describes the ability to inwardly rotate the outside leg of a ski turn. So, if you are turning left, it would be your inward rotation of the right leg which is measured, showing how effectively the ball is rotating inside the socket joint of the hip. Most people show a difference between left and right and many people show blockages on one side that directly effects their turns in one direction
- LEG FLEXION + EXTENSION TEST: Learning the correct action and understanding how to activate the outside leg is essential to achieving edge grip and pressure during your turns. Most people don’t ski with the available range they have and also have a difference between left and right. This test highlights this and shows how to develop quality in stability and mobility.
- BODY ANGULATION TEST (LEG LEAN): Learning how to move laterally and create angles in the body is a key factor in skiing and a movement range that many people struggle with, especially on one side of the body. This test identifies your limitation and also difference between left and right. It also gives you a chance to learn to move in this axis in a controlled manner with your hips in the best position for your individual physiology.
- CORE STABILITY TEST: Creating awareness of core strength and how to keep it activated whilst skiing helps deal with the pressure that skiing puts through the middle of your body. You’ll be tested on a LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH core stability rating based on how you perform on the test. Exercises are covered on how to develop this area.