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How do aerial freestyler skiers land on their feet? A situated analysis of athletes' activity related to new forms of acrobatic performance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17706460     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Based on the course-of-action theory, this study performed a situated analysis of three elite aerial freestyle skiers' activity. Data were collected by observation, videotaping and self-confrontation interviews retrospectively build the athletes' activity. The analysis identified units of action, thought, and feelings and described their relationships during each leap. Comparisons of the different courses of action revealed six components of freestyle skiers' activity: (1) pick up speed in the descent, (2) manage the curve of the tremplin, (3) take-off, (4) manage the exit of the tremplin, (5) perform rotations, and (6) organize the landing. This study revealed the dynamic and situated property of acrobatic activity. As the leap unfolded, the athletes step-by-step enhanced their knowledge of what was occurring and what they would have to do to perform their best and land on their feet. Points of convergence and divergence with other acrobatic performances are discussed.
Denis Hauw; Gilles Renault; Marc Durand
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1440-2440     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sci Med Sport     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-29     Completed Date:  2009-01-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9812598     Medline TA:  J Sci Med Sport     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  481-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Addictive, Performance and Health Behaviors, University of Montpellier 1, France.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Performance / standards*
Interviews as Topic
Postural Balance / physiology*
Skiing / physiology*
Videotape Recording
Young Adult

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