10 Commandments for Sports Parents

USSA, in partnership with USA Swimming about five years ago, put out the following list for parents. Do not impose your ambitions on your child. Be supportive, no matter what. Do not coach your child. Only have positive things to say at a competition. Acknowledge your child’s fears. Do not criticize officials. Honor your child’s coach. Be loyal and supportive of the team. Encourage goals […]

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Stretching: The Truth

Following is an excellent article on stretching, reflecting US Ski Team attitudes and techniques. If you’re interested in learning more, ask Al or Ian about “Dynamic Warm Up,” which is an amazing technique currently used by USST. It’s an amazing warm up and far more efficient than stretching even when it’s done correctly. PHYS ED Stretching: The Truth From the NY Times By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS […]

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Helmets and Armor

USSA Alpine Competition Guide Helmets Helmets designed and manufactured for the particular discipline of ski racing being contested are required for all competitors and forerunners in all USSA events and official training. Helmets must bear a CE mark and conform to recognized and appropriate standards such as CEH.Din 1077, ASTM F2040, SNELL S98 or RS 98. Helmets must cover the head and ears. Helmets with […]

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Hydration — New Fluid Replacement Recommendations from ACSM

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently updated their position on how to best hydrate before, during and after exercise.1 Is your hydration strategy up to speed? Read on to find out what the experts are saying. Is hydration important to performance? Absolutely! Exercise generates internal heat. To function at your best athletically, that heat needs to be released. As your internal temperature rises, your […]

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