Ski Season Preparation Week 2: Quarter Squats, Balance and Lateral Movement

Hi this is Dana from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and we’re out enjoying this lovely day and I want to come back to getting ready for ski season. So even though it’s nice sunny weather here and a late fall, we want to talk about what you need to do to get strong for skiing and snowboarding this year. So we’ve already posted a video working on some squats and wall squats and out next step that we’re get you working on is some balance work and the ability to transfer weight so you can carve when you’re on the slopes. So first thing is we want you to get onto one foot and try to maintain a nice neutral alignment of your pelvis and a nice neutral alignment of your spine so you don’t feel like you’re shifting or twisting through your pelvis. And when you’re there, imagine you’ve got like you’ve got your poles or your arms here to help balance and we’re going to work on little quarter squats. Trying to keep alignment of the knee tracking over the second toe and your hips staying in line. Now then the next thing you could do is work on adding a little horizontal step to the other side. I’ve got some uneven ground here so it makes it a little more challenging for me and then the same thing. Working on some quarter squats and working back to the other side. So working on this lateral movement and quarter squats, lateral movement and quarter squats, will engage some glute work, balance work and control for your alignment. And you can have a little bit of fun because you can do it wherever you are. So we’re out here on a trail doing it, or you could do it in a gym or at home. If you have any other questions, or want more information, you can check out our website or give us a call at www.body-works.ca