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Old 12-24-2013, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We are in Breck for the week and I have had my daughter in lessons for the last couple days. The instructors are pretty good, but my daughter is having trouble with weight transfer and getting a comfortable feel while carving… I am no expert, but she appears to have most weight on her back leg and ruddering a lot…

During a MX accident she broke her neck and avulsed the nerves that control her entire upper right section of her body… No movement or feeling on right arm, shoulder, back, hand etc… So she is trying to use only the muscles on her upper left side for balance and weight shift etc… She riders with a sling that straps the right arm very tightly to her body.

Anyone aware of drills or methods to assist in her progression? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have used the search feature and have had little luck since this is an unusual injury… Again, thanks!
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, that's awesome that you're getting her out there! Is she riding goofy or regular (left or right foot forward)? I would assume regular, since that's her stronger side?
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Have you talked with the BOEC in Breck? They do the adaptive ski/snowboard programs. Might be more beneficial for her.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you talked with the BOEC in Breck? They do the adaptive ski/snowboard programs. Might be more beneficial for her.
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Colorado has internationally recognized adaptive sports programs. Winterpark's is probably considered the best in the world. The other guys are no slouches either. You should at least talk with the organization in Breck.
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She rides regular. I went and spoke with the private lessons peeps at Peak 8 and got her a private lesson today. It was a bit expensive after having her in lessons for the last couple days, but it was well worth it. Lots of powder today in Breck and she had to adapt to that a bit but the instructor was very informative. He was providing her examples of; shift your weight this way and point your feet this way and different things. His examples helped immensely!! He also gave examples that she could relate to like adjusting your legs like you do on a MX bike in the whoops… Good experience!!

She is still asking me for drills and what she should do to get better… I told her have fun and try not to fall!! HAHA She is very competitive… I just don't want to give her bad advice and see her get hurt.. Thanks again for the input
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Yeah BOEC is awesome went out there when I was at Walter Reed last year they send guys out all the time with crazy injures and they learn to board or ski. Hell I see some of the adaptive ski guys go off the big jumps at brick and keystone.
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I don't have much to add for help, just wanted to say that it was awesome for you to get her into it.

Have you thought about some balance boards so she can work on it at home? I know they help me in the off season.
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I don't have much to add for help, just wanted to say that it was awesome for you to get her into it.

Have you thought about some balance boards so she can work on it at home? I know they help me in the off season.
Great Idea!! Is there one that you guys recommend?
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A shot of her today.

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I'm cheap so made my own: 3/4 plywood 32" x 10" sanded and varnished with some grip tape strips and a 12" piece of pipe. Start out with like 1" to 1.5" pipe and progress up as balance gets better. Glad she's getting into it.
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