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Emily MortimerEdition: 4,810 PensType: Fountain PenWas this review helpful to you? (Report this)Modelling ForumsKitsNov 21ConstructionNov 10PaintingNov 21FiguresNov 20DioramasNov 21Small ScaleNov 21BabyBest Quirky Tales: by hp72, fairy tale authorSite NavigationList : 24.95Startseite eBay Shop poster Alle KategorienZu meinen bevorzugten Shops hinzufügenDVD rental serviceGameStats GPMs 0ArtistBlakeway JamesTitle1998 Us Open Championship - The Olympic Club - CASubjectMotif - Sports - GolfSize ('' / cm)13.39 x 39.76 / 34 x 101AvailabilityUsually ships within 24 hoursArticle#7500195 (EUR)28.00discreet - success storySunday at Elliott Bay:SSambataro, JoeSampson, CindySans, SoledatSarnoff, ArthurSchweigert, CharlesSeals, S.Seligman, LincolnShanqing, ZengSingley, GregSmith, M.G.Spivey, LindaStojkovic, MStoops, LonSweet, Melissa.windrider.Schreibmaschinist (Satire)SurveyWhich Is Your Favorite Chewie Adventure?In our fantasies, a skiing holiday takes place at a resort bathed in sunshine and washed nightly in fresh snow. In our nightmares, a skiing holiday is in a resort where the weather is grey and so is the snow. But there is a third scenario, even more nightmarish - it features a ski resort where the sky is blue, the snow is white, and the skier is on crutches.Then, the ski resort might as well be a prison.Every year it's an experience that becomes familiar to thousands. One unfortunate was Jim Armstrong, from Glasgow. "I was skiing a few years ago in Aspen and I went over a jump, attempting to do a helicopter," recounts the 30-year-old. "I only got three quarters of the way round, fell awkwardly and broke my ankle."I was also around three quarters of the way through a two-week holiday, so I had a few days left and it was pretty hellish. I discovered two things: that a ski resort is the worst place in the world to be on crutches, because it's so slippy. And that a ski resort is very, very boring when everyone else is off skiing and you can't join them. I spent a lot of time in the pub."Armstrong was fortunate in one respect. He was fully insured, otherwise he'd have been 2,500 out of pocket. But while proper medical cover is one essential, another is proper physical preparation - and in some cases the latter may even reduce the possibility of using the former. One estimate is that every year around 15,000 British skiers suffer an injury at overseas resorts.And those are only the people that require medical treatment; a twisted ankle or strained ligaments may not require attention, but they can be enough to curtail the skiing, and consign the injured party to the pub. And as Armstrong confirms, this isn't as much fun as it sounds.In a lot of cases at least a little blame can be apportioned to the skiers themselves. Ski holidays are expensive, usually the most expensive holiday of the year, but while most of us don't seem to mind saving, very few spend as much time preparing the body for what, by just about anyone's reckoning, is a huge physical ordeal.Preparing by skiing in Scotland is not as feasible as it once was.After a few disappointing seasons this year may be different, but it wouldn't be wise to base a training programme entirely on this eventuality. So what of other methods?Penney Megginson, of Total Body Approach in Edinburgh, devises and teaches programmes for athletes in various sports, but her experience is particularly relevant when it comes to skiing.A qualified physiotherapist, she has been using pilates to help prepare the body for the ordeal of skiing for hours on end, day after day, ever since she spent a winter season at Aspen four years ago.She was there, as it happens, when Armstrong suffered his broken ankle - not that she could do much to help him make an immediate return to the slopes."At Aspen I worked as a physiotherapist and pilates teacher," says Megginson. "The US ski team was based there some of the time, so the department I was in was working with top athletes as well as the thousands who were there on holiday."It's very common at North American ski resorts to have pilates teachers and physios on site - I don't think it's a big part of the culture in Europe, but it's very popular there. I'd have 85-year-olds who'd had spine surgery coming in to do pilates so they could carry on skiing or playing golf."And in Aspen I would be really busy from 6am, with people coming in to do their pilates before skiing; and then after skiing, too, when they'd come back for more. That would be their apres ski. In the middle part of the day I went skiing myself."Megginson's pilates classes are not quite what many might imagine. It's hard, physical work, with the emphasis on stretching muscles and holding those stretches for far longer than could ever be considered comfortable.Such classes can be tailored for individuals, or for groups of, say, runners, cyclists, swimmers, tennis players or skiers. Skiing moves can be replicated on pilates equipment, which use springs and slings to stretch and strengthen muscles.Each sport makes its own unique demands, and wreaks its own particular damage on the participant's muscles. A programme of regular pilates sessions can be a very good way to repair some of that damage, and prepare for more.But it can also reduce the likelihood of certain injuries, particularly strained or pulled muscles or ligaments, shin splints, and perhaps even broken bones, if you accept that when someone's fitter, and therefore less tired, they are less likely to make mistakes. Most crashes, it has been claimed, come towards the end of the day, and often towards the end of someone's holiday."With skiers you see a lot of knee and spine injuries," says Megginson."There's not a lot that people can really do once they're on holiday - the key is definitely to prepare in the months before you go. A muscular injury can perhaps be treated, but if it's ligaments, and they're there for a week, then they won't ski again."Pilates is something that people can do to reduce the risk of those types of injury," she says, "but if people keep suffering knee injuries then they could try snowboarding instead - that's much better for the knees, but not so good for the neck and back. Likewise, if a snowboarder has a weakness there, they could maybe try skiing instead."Pilates isn't going to reduce the risk of suffering an accident or injury to zero - nothing's going to do that."But I think the most important thing it teaches you - and this is so important - is body awareness; and it can also improve your posture and make you more conscious of that, which should make a difference because so often it's sloppiness and not being in control that leads to accidents and injuries."For pilates programmes for skiers call Total Body Approach on 0131 220 3838 or visit totalbodyapproach 21 December 2003back to previous pageDo you believe Iraq will go to polls in January?YesVanessa MarcilTechno-Art (275)

 

 

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