Plan for Snowboarding Next Summer

The last 10% of my walking-recovery is taking it’s time. I can walk without a crutch – but even when I’m concentrating specifically on staying straight, I’ve got a wobble at the hip. It’s proving difficult to isolate the muscles involved and make them stronger, compared with the obvious muscles in the leg, which responded much more quickly. If I do day-to-day activities without the crutch, although it doesn’t hurt, I hobble more because I’m not concentrating. For that reason, I’m still using a single crutch to prevent a limp/hobble from becoming a habit.

However, at my physio session on the 7th December, my therapist said that I’m ready to start some more dynamic exercises. I tried bounding from leg to leg; it felt great to be moving more like that, and doable. I tried to jog a little, but that wasn’t working out as well. Then some hopping on my right leg, with slight support from the left hand; that felt good too.

I returned to the gym yesterday for the first time since the accident. I was able to use the cycling machine, the cross trainer and work my upper body – get back to doing the things that my leg needs to be doing. It feels good to step up the use of my leg, even if snowboarding isn’t on the list of exercises 😉

I’m hoping that over the next 3 to 4 weeks, I’ll get some good progress from these more dynamic exercises. I’ll continue to use my crutch when not exercising, to keep the limp at bay. Pushing it more, I do get some pain, mostly around the hip, but nothing dramatic. I’m still getting occasional pain and ache on the side and rear of my head, but overall, it’s “so far so good”.

Plan: snowboarding next summer

For the summer months just gone – it was my intention to snowboard more regularly, using both the indoor slope at Castleford and the snowflex slope at Halifax. I wanted to get back on the progression-curve, following a period of stagnation. After 3 or 4 sessions, the plan was cut short by the above cycling accident. However, I am still encouraged by the progress I was making in just a short period of time.

In addition to the snowboarding, I had tried a couple of off-hill training methods:

  • a snowboard balance rail
  • using a trampoline to practice grabs

The initial target was to get the nose grab working as well as the frontside boardslide. I didn’t get them on lock down, but progress was definitely made, especially considering I’d never previously managed to grab the nose before.

My plan now, is to rekindle this progression next summer, when my leg is fully functional again. Snowboarding here in the UK will be a great introduction to being back on the board… Unlike opting in for a full on snowboarding holiday, I can try a session in the fridge to test the leg. If it’s not quite ready, I haven’t wasted too much.

It’s my intention to use both Castleford and Halifax, indoor snow and snowflex. I’d really like to check out one of our latest snow centres – Hemel Hempstead – to see what their freestyle sessions are like. It’s just a bit far for me to travel. If you’re not in the UK, here’s an example of one of our indoor snow slopes.

As for the shredding itself, I’ve got two tools in mind to help out…

Tool 1: Snowboard Addiction

As a means of both instruction and motivation, I’d been following the trick tips in the Snowboard Addiction freestyle program. That’s where I got the idea to build the balance rail, and also the intermediary steps to learning the nose grab. They also pointed out the concept of counter-rotation, which I’m still shocked is something that I’d overlooked, maybe you have too? That helped with the frontside boardslides as well as a nice variation on the backside 180.

So the SA freestyle program is the first part of my instruction. I’m going to follow their trick tips to progress on rails and boxes, and hopefully step it up to 540s.

Tool 2: Snowboard Jedi Program

Pricing aside, there are some useful mental-training ideas in the program that I’d like to put to use. Given my current inability to snowboard, the aim was to provide two reviews of the Jedi Program, the 1st (above) to cover what’s included and how the program should be used, and the 2nd to provide an opinion of how successful the methods are.

At this stage I think there’s definitely scope to improve my snowboarding using some of visualisation techniques included. It’s new, I’m not expecting miracles, but I will be putting the jedi to use next summer – mental training.


  • Reply December 22, 2010


    Hey Gavin,

    But i heard, your injured leg will be shorter than your healthy one? Wont this give you some new problems?? (Like square hips, bad back, and neck problems)


  • Reply December 22, 2010


    Hey Rene,

    I guess the answer is “possibly”. Up until now, and for a while longer too, I’ve just decided that I won’t really know. I guess once I can walk completely without a limp, and jog/run, I’ll know if the difference in length is going to be a problem.

    For that matter, I don’t even know if the healed leg _is_ any shorter. Is there a good way to check? If I just try to line them up, it’s difficult to not twist at my hips… it’s something I’m hoping the physio will take a look at once the limp has gone.


  • Reply December 23, 2010


    So yeah Gavin, good luck with that!!
    You could try to lay on a bed and trying to have your hip right square to your legs and some other person takes a good look at. May be possible (some doc noticed that my right leg is some bit longer than my left, because my right hip muscle is not that good, so i always get hardenings in back and neck. Because of those i get dizzy with my head in wrong place)

    So i wish you a good recovery, so that you can move on! with everything! 😀 thats going on in your life! 🙂

    I just god rid of a damn work in school… had to write a “scientific” work in school. It’s called “Facharbeit” in germany and its a little scientific work you have to do, so that you are proved to make the scientific works in University.
    Mine was about “Holographics – physical basics and Production of easy Holograms”.
    Yesterday was deadline, so i had some stress the night before^^ Just got 3 Hours of sleep, so i was really done that days, so now Christmas is next, i have to learrn to rellaaaxxx to chill out a bit, and enjoy life a bit more. So i have no Schoolwork to do, but the big Exams in March.

    In 4 Days my buddy is coming here visiting me, and in 5 Days, i will stand on a slope again, doing my Freestyle lesson! 🙂
    Having some Problems with my new board… (had some nice Crash/bail last time riding, so i had my knee bands overstretched… (also have to take care, not to get any “Fear” (like you earlier described ^^) while riding))
    But maybe im just not used to it… (The board feeling somehow doesnt feel right… have to figure that out (Setback Highback rotation etc…) (Got my bail with +30/-30 setting, so the stress on my knee was to big)

    So in that sense (German speak^^ (“In diesem Sinne”)
    I wish you some merry christmas and a happy new year. And also a german speak: “A good sled into the new year” (“Einen guten rutsch”)^^ Germans are funny :DDD
    But dont slipper

    Peace and love

  • Reply December 24, 2010


    Hey Rene,

    good going with the school work – I’ve been there before! Take it easy and relax over Christmas.

    So what board did you get again? And are you riding with +30/-30 angles? That’s quite a lot… I ride +15/-15, 30 is exceptionally duck.

    You gotta be looking forward to shredding soon. Good luck with that lesson, I hope it turns out well.

    Merry Christmas 😉

  • Reply December 25, 2010


    Thanks pal 😀
    And for you a good and fast recovery (also you hear it very often from me, i mean it!)

    I rode 30/30 but i noticed, that i dont need those, because i rode my older board (Burton bullet 07/08 164) with a bit setback. I had about one centimetre setback, and tried it on my new Board (Rome Manual 09/10). Now after some trying i use a setback of 0,5 cm, +15/-15 and highbacks rotated. I already used it at some street “styling” (Trying out some ground tricks, getting a feeling for my board). My new Board gives me a nice more playful feeling. I have to get used to that. My old board rode like a wooden plank^^ not much flex. The Rome Manual has much more flex at same hardness (6/10).
    So yeah im pretty looking forward to make that Lesson with my friend.

    So you! I want you to recover fast, so i can see some new Posts of you shredding, and see your Progression! Looking towards it!

    Good time for you

    Peace and Love

    P.S and a late Merry Christmas again! 😀

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