During our stay in Ramsau, Austria, we had the opportunity to do some pretty cool testing. The Czech team has been working with a couple of sport science researchers from Prague. They came down to Ramsau to measure our balance on the jump and during imitations.
We started with looking at our jumping off the hill. As part of our warm-up routine we do imitation jumps off a step or rollerboard and our coaches catch us at the hips.
Wearing the contraption above and special insoles in our boots, we did jumps off the rollerboard and then watched the recording on the computer screen. Each insole has 99 sensors that provide incredibly precise feedback of where force is being applied. The computer program gave us a display of the pressure points on our feet as we jumped, along with measurements of force and a comparison of the force by one foot compared to the other. Ski jumping is all about putting force down from the right balance, so there's a lot to be learned from this.
The next day I used the sensors on the jump. It was tricky with the waist belt on and really hot leaving my suit zipped up for two jumps, but it's not an opportunity that you get everyday. After each jump my coach watched a replay of the force and measurements on the computer alongside a video of my jump.
Since then, I've been working on starting from a position that's a little more forward and keeping the pressure in that same spot as I jump. It was definitely a productive experience and I'd love to do it more in the future.
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