Posts Tagged ‘stretching’

Corey Jones: A Pull Turns into a Tear

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Last year while training to ski the Barefoot Nationals I suffered a slight groin pull.  I continued to ski the rest of the season by nursing it with ice and rest in between training. Throughout the winter I went about my normal activity assuming it would be fine by the time my training  season usually begins.

The spring and summer was uncharacteristically busy for me at work and home so my time on the water was not happening as much as I would have liked. Finally, life began to settle down and I started training more and more.  What I didn’t realize is that I wasn’t  healed properly.  During the week of July 4 th I was skiing a set and encountered agonizing pain in my groin.  I still believed I could nurse it and go on.  For two weeks I gave it a rest and thought I would be fine again.  I skied the week before regionals and made a fair showing there even though I think it should be renamed the”artic regionals”.  Then I pulled it again and thought I could rest it for a few days and go back at it in time for this year’s Nationals.

My plane ticket was bought, lodging was secured, and I was as excited as a kid on Christmas! So with Nationals only four days away, I felt the need to see if my injury would allow me to stay in the game.    I took a couple of forward passes and it went ok.  The next step was a backwards run.  I made it up about ten feet and went down in excruciating pain.  Because I did not allow myself to heal properly, my year came to an abrupt end without a trip to California.  What had began as a pull had now turned into a torn groin.

Through this experience I have learned that as we get older the need to stretch before and after skiing every time is crucial.  I will battle back from this injury with diligence, determination, and stretching.  As our summer officially ends this weekend, I’m already looking forward to a new ski season.

By: Corey Jones

Ouch!

No Pain No Gain…. Lies!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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Do you suffer from back, knee, or neck pain after barefoot skiing? Crashes and their repercussions don’t count!

Does the burning sensation in your legs or arms get to you? Barefoot waterskiing is explosive energy; typically a quick pass and a mini break until the boat comes back, another quick pass and so on and so forth.

Besides skiing it is time to do a little cross training to keep the body in check and make barefooting a more pleasurable experience.

STRETCH! STRETCH! STRETCH! This is the area that is most important and the place we lack the most. Take the time to stretch out the whole body. A few minutes of toe touching on the dock isn’t going to cut it! A full 15 minutes minimum daily will make significant changes to the way you feel in daily life and when you get on the water. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, sit on the floor and stretch out. The time flies, trust me!! For group stretching Yoga and Pilates are great options either in an actual class or a DVD.

“Feel the Burn!” That is not what you want to hear while you are skiing down the lake. Get those legs a little bit stronger, squats are the answer. No I am not talking about massive weights at the gym. That is too extreme. Lean against the wall and bend your knees until 90 degrees and HOLD for 1 minute, 4 reps. Continue to add a minute each week, and before you know it no more burning.

Are those forearms, and bicep’s screaming at you? Choose some light weights 3-15lbs work those arms into shape. Imitate a barefoot stance while holding weights instead of a handle can make a world of a difference in the long run.

Just a few simple things to make life on the water, more fun! Is that even possible? Staying stretched out and in good shape will significantly reduce injury no matter what age! Ski Safe.

Lauren St. Onge