Queen's University expert comments on efficient technique in downhill skiers and other Olympic athletes
Queen’s University athletic performance expert Michael Tschakovsky is available to discuss the importance of good performance near the end of a race as it refers to Olympic athletes.
Dr. Tschakovsky is also an expert in the limits of the human body and what factors determine those limits.
“Efficient technique is so important in order to minimize fatigue in muscles and allow for better sustained performance,” says Dr. Tschakovsky. “For example, a downhill skier would ideally wish to use minimal effort in redirecting skis to negotiate a course and be relaxed in the muscles by not contracting them unnecessarily. Muscle contraction actually substantially impairs the flow of blood to the muscle, and this has a big impact on how quickly the muscle fatigues.”
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