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Skiing With Hemiplegia Advice needed

 Poster: A snowHead
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Note: Posted first on The Piste yesterday but advised to post here .

Next year I will be taking my son and his girlfriend skiing for the first time. She is 25 and has Hemiplegia on her left side. As I know very little about Hemiplegia I wondered if anyone has any advice ,recommendations or tips on what she should do pre-skiing (e.g.Physio ,podiatrist etc )?

She has mild Hemiplegia and finds it difficult putting pressure on her left foot.

I would also be grateful if anyone could tell me what in practical terms the effect of Hemiplegia is on a skier ? and if the teaching needs to be different ?

Many thanks
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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Following from from previous thread.

I think it's going to depend on if "difficult" is "hard to do, awkward but can be overcome" or impossible.

I've suffered a stroke on my LHS and learnt to ski afterwards so with determination lots is possible but I've been told my "style" is distinctive - you can't tell normally but when I ski with people who don't know they'll often ask me if I've hurt my arm... (see below).

I have a lack of confidence in my Left Hand leg that is mostly subconscious but means I'm really reluctant to commit to turns or weight that side fully.

Over the years I've been given lots of exercise using TRX bands for support that practice putting weight on that leg and shifting weight from one leg to the other.

Below are some old images (I've improved but couldn't find it quickly) of me whilst learning. You'll see some spasicity in the left arm (it stays in that position all the time when I'm focusing on things).
You'll see me looking at my skis as I lack some propreoception and so can't fully sense where the leg is I have to see it (if that makes sense). You'll see the left leg isn't really weighted.

Hope those help although clearly not a direct comparison.

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@sweaman22 Thanks again for the input and well done for skiing after your stroke. With a strong will and determination a lot is possible as you have clearly shown.
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Why not check out Disability Snowsport DSUK ( and book a lesson at one of the UK indoor slopes where they operate. You will get a qualified adaptive instructor who can assess your son’s girlfriend and work out the best way to teach and also provide any necessary kit.
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try a skibike. they work great for hemiplegia!!!
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