SUMMARY: THE SPORT OF ALPINE SKI RACING REQUIRES RELATIVELY SLOW ECCENTRIC AND CONCENTRIC MOVEMENTS AS COMPARED WITH TRADITIONAL FIELD SPORTS WITH COURSE DURATIONS FROM 40 SECONDS TO MORE THAN 2 MINUTES. CONTROLLING THE SKI SNOW CONTACT AND THE ABILITY TO LIMIT THE DISSIPATION OF SPEED REQUIRES DYNAMIC BALANCE AND ECCENTRIC MOVEMENT THROUGH A WIDE RANGE OF LOWER LIMB AND HIP MOBILITY. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SHOULD FOCUS ON HYPERTROPHY, MAXIMAL STRENGTH, POWER, BALANCE, DYNAMIC MOBILITY, AND ANAEROBIC METABOLIC SUPPORT. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY BACKGROUND FOR A STRENGTH COACH TO IMPLEMENT AS MUCH EVIDENCE-BASED COACHING AS POSSIBLE FOR ALPINE SKI RACING.
Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
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Jay R. Hydren is a research assistant at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, Massachusetts.
Jeff S. Volek is a professor working in the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.
Carl M. Maresh a board of trustees distinguished professor, director, Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.
Brett A. Comstock is a doctoral fellow working in the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.
William J. Kraemer is the editor of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and a professor in the Department of Kinesiology working in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut.