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Skiing With Hemiplegia Advice needed

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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 )?

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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Best asking on the disabled/adaptive thread. I suspect her capacity and learning will depend on the extent of her weakness but at the very least you'd be best seeking out a ski school used to dealing with adaptive clients. Specific equipment adaptions e.g. orthotics for boots are best discussed with an expert like @CEM
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If there is a weakness / communication problem with one side of the body, have you considered snowboarding as maybe a better option?

My left leg is completely screwed. When I want to protect the weaker side I will lead with it & lean back, when I want to charge then I will lead with my stronger leg. The mind Be Nice please! for me is that my body wants to lead with my weaker side. I wipeout in spectacular fashion when this happens!
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I think a lot of this is going to vary on how bad it is and how it presents. You are certainly going to need an understanding instructor if it is noticeable.

I've suffered a stroke on my LHS and learnt to ski post that but I've made a very good recovery and only a neurologist can notice my spasticity in general although I've been told my skiing is a distinctive style.

Can't comment on skiing vs snowboarding but in terms of pre-trip drills I would say gaining confidence in the weak leg would be helpful. Balance drills, single leg drills and propreoception activities all helpful.
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@brnttptr, A good question... The answer to which depends on many factors - age, fitness, motivation, also, to some extent, the cause of the hemiplegia.
I would echo what @sweaman22, says regarding balance drills, single leg drills and proprioception with the goal being that she is happy standing/putting weight on the affected side.
Then, find an instructor with adaptive experience or at least someone who is good at movement analysis who can think outside the box.
I hope that helps.
If you have more questions, give me a shout!
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@Daveof the Marmottes @Mr.Egg @sweaman22@SaraJ
Thanks very much for your comments . I will transfer this to the disabled /adaptive thread.
@sweaman22@SaraJ Thats good advice thank you. Very Happy I was thinking of sending her to a physio first who specialises in movement analysis to get a set of exercises for her to do.
I will be teaching her, I am a qualified ski instructor, but not in adaptive and had never heard of Hemiplegia until recently.

OVER TO THE NEW THREAD!
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