What are great feet? Ones that don’t collapse when you stand on them. Feet that both work the same. Ones that are relaxed, warm, and comfortable. Ones that don’t constantly hurt, and can be coached to make small, accurate, powerful movements. And you can have these feet.
Testing pronation over the past 14 years in skiing, we has proven that how much you pronate or supinate matters. Skiing is a foot sport. How much you pronate inside the boot, has a huge effect on how well the equipment works for you. The bottom line, is that the best skiers pronate just enough for skiing. Usually between 1.5 and 2.5 degrees. Do you know exactly how much you pronate?
Foot beds are not the slam dunk solution we wish they were unfortunately. Especially for people that fall outside the functional range of pronation. Our testing has shown that even the best foot supports only reduce pronation or supination an average, 1 degree. So if you pronate 3, 4, 5 or even 6 degrees you still have a fairly large deficit that will cause your balance and overall performance to be significantly impaired. Do you pronate equally on both feet?
Ski racing until now, has been a sport of natural selection where feet are concerned. The best skiers that have been measured usually have two things in common. They often will pronate less than 2.5 degrees. and usually pronate very symmetrically. At those levels generally the problem is easily to manage. You can get measured at the National Championships in Snowmass.
The symptoms of pronation is not the dreaded “A” frame. This is actually due to a bad cuff adjustments. What happens inside the boot is another problem. Typically the feeling is an inability to hook up the edge of the inside ski, or one turn being more powerful than the other. cold toes, ankle pressing into the shell, arches cramping, chronically back, Sixth toes. Much of what ends up being dealt with by boot guys, is fall out from pronation inside the boot. Got boot problems?
The Sports Balance System, process takes a dynamic look at both sides of the body in isolation. which creates symmetric neutrality. Starting from the bottom of the kinetic chain, working our way up, starting from inside of the boot working outward. In contrast, the tired old starndard approach looks strictly at the knee position over the boot while in a static two footed stance.
The foot position inside the boot turns out to be very critical to your overall balance and ski performance. The muscular tension is a result of un-diagnosed pronation can limit your ability to engage edges accurately, any powerful carving is curtailed dramatically by this lack of accuracy of the internal foot position.
Your speed is a direct result of how relaxed you can balance against the outside ski. As a coach I always talk about the idea of being “athletic”. My personal definition of this word is; the person that can create the greatest amount of power, using the least amount of effort. Implying that relaxation is the difference between the good and the great ones. SBS process includes a neuro-muscular component, which considers how much muscular effort is required to simply balance on one foot. If we can get this to its most efficient level we will have increased your athletic ability by exactly the amount tension was reduced by.
Visit our tent at the National Championship in Snowmass we can measure you up and make changes to your boots immediately. Give you the best alignment and balance you have ever felt. Guaranteed.