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Cross Country Skiers' Corner
(Health Maintenance for Cross Country Skiers!)

Cross Country Skiing is my great passion in life....
In my personal - and at times down right painful(!) - experience, it's also a great finder of weaknesses in the way we hold, move, and manage our bodies. Cross Country is the very best training ground for learning "Optimal Body Positioning" (OBP) , and avoidance of faulty movement patterns! - Something everyone can learn from, not just cross country skiers.

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The OBP of Cross-Country Skiing (1): Tennis Elbow
Introduces the concept of "Optimal Body Position" (OBP) to explain the cause of damage, and the slowness of healing, of the skier's "tennis elbow". By the end of the article, you will also have some tips on how to minimize that damage. (See also "OBP Cures Tennis Elbow" for the most in depth discussion of Tennis Elbow on the web).

The OBP of Cross-Country Skiing (2): Sway back
The concept of "Optimal Body Position" (OBP) is applied to "Sway back", a common postural defect which we carry with us into our skiing. Some swayback posture exercises are included. (See also Engage Gluteus maximus! for an in depth discussion of Problems associated with this oft times "lazy giant" of a muscle).

Managing Exercise Induced Asthma in XC-Skiing
Authored by fellow skiier Clare-Louise Brumley (B. Occ. Therapy, Grad. Dip. Nutrition/Medicine), this short article is power packed with research based information on both cause and management of this distressing condition.

Surgical Face Masks for Exercise Induced Asthma
Astma is a common race start problem. Surgical Face Masks make for a good Management Strategy!

The OBP of Cross-Country Skiing (3): Piriformis Syndrome
Skating, free style skiing, golfing, and sitting cross legged have two things in common: A faulty pattern of movment, and the "Piriformis Muscle Syndrome".

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