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BluegrassBelle
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How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?


I mean you're pretty much writing your ticket for knee issues for life by regularly participating in moguls, right?


Keys Open Doors
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
One of my best friends did moguls skiing at Colorado and one of his teammates was the world champ. Now my friend is a doctor so I take his opinion with a lot of importance.

He said his knees were generally fine and that if you did it right, it didn’t hurt much. He said the slope style and pipe guys were much more battered.


pussywillows
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
jonny moseley said the same earlier...if you are doing it right, your knees aren't an issue.


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jefforize
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
Seems their poles and thus upper body help absorb some impact


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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
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Seems their poles and thus upper body help absorb some impact
I would think a lot of the technique would be in absorbing as much of the impact as you can within your thighs/hips. Seems like they keep everything below the knees pretty loose in terms of impact with the slopes. Then again this is literally just guesswork from watching on TV.
This post was edited on 2/8 at 10:21 pm


jefforize
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
Yeah.. that "sitting down" motion isnt being forced. that's the technique, from what i can tell.

So with that and the poles being planted i can see how the knees remain relatively okay



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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
Yep.



RolltidePA
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
I used to ski moguls a lot when I was young., pretty every winter weekend for years. Surprisingly, it's not that hard on your knees; typically there isn't much sideways force on them, not a whole lot of twisting. Basically, you're just going with the natural up and down bending motion. The pole plant is really important to get your body squared up on the mogul and helps your timing, so that you don't take any sideways hit. You don't use it for a ton of leverage, sure some, but not a lot.

It was always my feet (heels specifically) that took a pounding it I did it wrong.

Downhill, where you have to hold and edge for long periods can be more dangerous. You have higher speeds and if you catch and edge you body can twist in some very unnatural ways.


TbirdSpur2010
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
Makes sense.

Looks rough as hell, though.


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Mahootney
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
Way more knee injuries in downhill.
Way more concussions and brain injury/paralysis in Pipe/Park.

Moguls seem like the best alpine event. Maybe slolam instead?


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roadGator
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re: How do mogul skiers have any knees left after several years of skiing?
If you watch them in slow motion the knees aren't really taking much of the strain. The quads though...ouch.

Your core and upper legs/hips do most of the work.

If you catch a bump wrong, get off balance and catch the next one funny that's when the knees suffer.

All skiers have really strong legs though.


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