Monday, March 2, 2009

the corvette

My grandson Corey likes cars since he is a baby.
When he was three we were riding in the car. In his car-seat he had a bag of matchbox cars . He pulls out one and says. “What kind of car is this Omi?. It has a different kind of spoiler." I said “it is a corvette”
He looked at it for a bit then said” I think you are right , but I haven’t seen one like that in years.”
Mind you he was three years old.
As you can tell from my blogs I love my grandkids and enjoy what they have to say…

alignment in skating to prevent injury

In Skating we have had lately a lot more injuries than ever.
Since we do not do figures anymore I feel the correct body alignment in relation to the edge is not as good as it used to be. We use a lot of forced edges and lean in order to control the blade, which puts undue stress onto the joints.
Thru figures we used to learn the art of gliding. Thru proper understanding of gliding and the law of physics involved, skating becomes most of the time low impact, because thru the correct suspension all the impact gets transferred over the whole body. But with all the forcing of the blade and lack of suspension it has become for the most part ,high impact. The body cannot endure this kind of abuse over the long haul. We are seeing more knee, back and hip injuries (abuse injuries) than ever.
We in the skating community have to get together to come up with a way to re -introduce proper alignment.
Figures I am sure will not come back, but we need to come up with something that will solve the problem .