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      Brian HasekBrian Hasek
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      Hey MWOD-I’ve been reading through the discussions and watching videos to attempt to understand the most knee-friendly position for alpine skiing.  Most advice I have heard or read involves loading the knees first, as loading the hips first puts the skier in the “back seat”, which is just begging to tear the ACL.

      Any one have any suggestions as to how skiing position may relate to loading-sequence for a squat?  Maybe, there is no solution, just compromises.
      Thanks
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      AvatarMichael Harker
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      Hips first in squats and deadlifts is generally accepted as the way to go, and I agree. You’ll still get strength carryover into skiing, even though they are clearly two completely different moves. If you want to get more specific for alpine skiing, I’d recommend grabbing a TRX suspension trainer and mimic the lateral moves you do in skiing while holding the straps. I did a similar move for telemark turns and found it was a great preseason exercise.

      Ken

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      Brian HasekBrian Hasek
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      Ken,

      Thanks for the reply. The TRX is a good idea. I used to do twisting lunges for tele-skiing. I’m curious about ideas for optimizing skiing position to minimize shear forces. I’ve already had a meniscus transplant and am trying to preserve my knees, but still hit the slopes.

      Thanks

      Wes

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