Danielle Saenz | Snowboarding Biomechanics | Samsung Paralympic Blogger | PyeongChang 2018

OK, hey good morning, it’s Dr. Saenz here
reporting from the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. You can see we’re doing the bank slalom events for the snowboarding today. Now what I want to get into this morning is a little of the biomechanics of snowboarding as well as the toe edge and heel edge required to maintain a center of balance as they come down this hill through those bank slaloms. Now, if you have full function of your lower extremities, what’s required in snowboarding is to carve with a toe edge and a heel edge. Now what that means is that if you do a toe edge then you are going to be plantar flexing you foot down. If you are doing a heel edge that means you
will be dorsi flexing your foot up. That is what is required of your foot in order
to carve. Now, if you don’t have full function of your
lower extremities, how are you going to carve? So, you’re going to use those compensatory
muscles we talked about in previous episodes. So the compensatory muscles if you don’t use
your lower extremities is going to be in your core strength here
as well as in your glutes and your quads in order to squat down. And, then shift your center of gravity over
your core. That is what these athletes are doing, it
requires an immense amount of strength. They have been training for years in order
to make it down that course as fast as they can. And, I can’t wait to see how it turns out,
see who’s coming down the mountain the fastest and who wins a medal today. So stay tuned and make sure you watch the
IPC website. Yeah!

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