Is alpine skiing an essential service?
Looking back over recent months, we can see that having young people stop their sports activities is very harmful both physically and mentally. It’s well known that our body secretes a significant quantity of endorphins after more than 30 minutes of physical activity. Endorphin has positive effects on the body.
The fact of producing so much endorphin makes our body want more. This creates a dependence and we then feel like moving some more. Once the cycle is started, we can have only positive physical and mental effects. But when we stop everything, we break the cycle. Initially, we feel bad about missing our training session. But our body becomes used to not secreting as much endorphin, and we fall into a kind of lethargy.
Everything has to be restarted. Happily, the ski season that stopped so abruptly in mid-March is starting up again. Public Health has approved the relaunch plan from the ASSQ and the SQA. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start. In organized winter sports – competitive alpine skiing, freestyle, snowboard – there are still a number of points to clarify.
Can we operate in a red zone? Can we welcome athletes who live in a red zone if we’re in an orange zone? Will there be competitions? If so, how often? When? How? Where? Not having the answers to these questions is a nightmare for coaches when we try to lay out the training and competition seasons. And it’s only a few weeks from season opening! Nonetheless, we have a few elements we can use as a base to start our planning.
We have to be creative and think differently. Normally, the planning goals have to do with performance. For example: participate in championship X, end up in the top 10 of circuit Y. When you plan for a club, the objectives can be to get the largest number of U16s into the Provincials or to send a certain number of skiers to the National championships, etc.
But how do you plan when so much information is missing? You have to take a step back and ask yourself what our athletes need right now. To ski, get back into a training routine, enjoy themselves, get together socially in a safe way, learn, improve, compare themselves to others (compete). So that’s the list of performance goals for the season.
Because our young people have been restrained in recent months as to their physical activities, we have to make sure that they have a pleasant training experience in spite of the imposed restrictions.
Jocelyn Huot12 Posts
Entraineur Chef du Club de ski Mont-Tremblant Entraineur Niveau 4 certifié FESC / PNCE Niveau 3 de l'Alliance des moniteurs de ski du Canada Formateur pour Alpine Canada depuis 2007 Head coach of the Mont-Tremblant Ski Club Leve 4 FESC/PNCE – certified coach, Level 3 CSIA/AMSC – certified instructor