Specific physical preparation enables the skier/snowboarder to have more endurance, to have better balance on their skis/snowboard, as well as improving their coordination. It helps to reduce muscle fatigue and promotes better muscle recovery between each run. It enables the skier/snowboarder to better control their movements and to correctly apply the specific advice given by their ski/snowboard instructor. A suitable physical preparation & fitness program helps the skier/snowboarder to improve their techniques and runs giving them more confidence and peace-of-mind. A well-prepared body greatly reduces the risk of injury and will be more resilient to falls as well as the constant twisting movements involved in skiing/snowboarding. According to the Association of French Mountain Doctors, almost all skiing/snowboarding accidents, falls or collisions, occur following a loss of control. To help reduce loss of control we have developed a specific physical preparation & fitness program focusing on the specific muscle groups vital for skiing/snowboarding.
➔ These are the main muscles used for the key movements involved in alpine skiing (flexion- extension), as well as applying key downhill skiing techniques. These muscles stabilise and regulate the intensity of the support during the turns and help vary the radius of the ski turn depending on the force and pressure on the skis.
Posterior Muscle Groups
(calves, hamstrings, glutes)
➔ These are the muscles that secure and stabilise the movement by locking the ankle joints, knees and hips. Strong hamstrings greatly reduce the risk of rupturing the anterior cruciate ligaments.
➔ Key stabilisers ensuring structural alignment : front-back and lateral dynamic balance. These muscles set and maintain the upper body in the direction of the slope. They are vital for better control and stability. They also help maintain lower-body and upper-body separation enabling more efficient turns.
(arms, shoulders, neck)
➔ The upper part of the back helps support the head, essential for assessing necessary information during the run. Correct arm placements during the turns help optimise movement and efficiency.