What is your most important piece of equipment?
The choice is no longer limited to Boots and Skis,
now you can upgrade your Knees.
~ Protect Your Knees
As a new season approaches we start to get excited thinking about sliding on snow again. Whether its waist deep powder, perfect corduroy, bumps like Volkswagen Beetles or slush with the consistency of porridge, our equipment is designed to protect us and help us perform to our potential. However, as the equipment has improved over the years our knees have become subjected to more and more stress and strains, indeed most skiing injuries are now to the knees.
For the vast majority of us skiing is a recreation, which is why we naturally want to spend as much of our available snow-time as possible on the hill.
~ Reduce Fatigue
Very few of us can ski at our best all day, there will be a few easier runs interspersed with the more challenging ones, a hot chocolate stop or a long lunch, a few early nights or even days off, but most of us will push and push and keep going until the last lift. Even Olympic skiers suffer from thigh burn if they “over do it” so it is no surprise that the root cause
of the majority of injuries on the slopes is fatigue.
Maintaining the correct posture all day leads to lactic acid build up in the thighs and we start to alter our stance to try to alleviate the burn and this leads to poor technique, which leads to the inevitable…………
The stress and strain on our knee joints is compounded if we have any existing condition or previous injury. The fatigue becomes even more of an issue as our fitness levels drop, whether due to lack of preparation
or simply the advance of the years.
So what can we do?
You can upgrade your boots; you can upgrade your skis, now you can upgrade your knees and thighs.
~ Lower the Risk of Injury
It is not at all uncommon to see skiers wearing tubey-grips, knee supports or knee braces, but now there
is a new product that does something that no other knee-support or knee-brace can. Rather than stabilise
the knee joints, the patented ski~mojo support system actually reduces the load on your knees and not just by a few percent, but by a whopping-great 25%-33% (based on recommended settings).
So what is different about the ski~mojo knee-supports?
The significant difference is that the ski~mojo knee support system, actually transfers some of your weight
via a very clever, easily adjustable mechanism from your knees and legs directly to the shell of your ski boots (the ski~mojo has an attachment which clamps easily on to the back of your ski boots for this purpose) .
One way to think about the difference it makes is to imagine these two choices:
1, skiing with a 22Kg Backpack (around the maximum weight of your hold luggage)
2, skiing without any backpack
Another is to think of driving your car with and without the Power Steering and servo-assisted brakes.
Having the Power Steering and Servo assisted brakes does not make you a better driver, you still have
to turn the wheel and push on the brake pedal, but they do make driving easier.
Due to the stresses and strains and risks involved skiing is not something that you should do as a form
of exercise, the old adage is don’t ski to get fit –get fit to ski.
The mountains are not the place to push yourself to your physical limit, they are a place to enjoy a physical activity within your limits – If you want the burn or the pain, find them in the gym. Exercise and training will
help you increase the threshold of your physical capability; the ski~mojo will give you an additional percentage improvement of your physical capability, to use another car analogy; it’s just like adding
a turbo to an engine.
So what are the downsides – well here we are back to cars again …………….
In the same way that Power Steering, traction control and a smooth ride are not everyone’s cup-of-tea,
as at the top end of performance you lose a little bit of feedback, neither is the ski~mojo for the same reasons, but unless you are an out-and-out racer or some form of sadomasochistic freak: you want Power Steering, you want a smooth ride, you want a ski~mojo. Sadomasochism apart the only other downside
is that the ski~mojos natural tendency is to straighten your legs, so if you like to do tricks in the air,
it may not be for you (although you can just switch it off).
Now – let’s not forget two other key benefit of wearing mojos …
1, You get the full value from your lift pass!
2, Because mojos actually reduce the load on your knees and is at the same time trying to straighten them it should in theory reduce the risk of injury. To date all the evidence supports this theory as not a single knee injury has been reported while wearing mojos, which is quite remarkable given the number of ski~mojo customers and users who have given their feedback, as not only are they typically those more prone than most to suffer from knee injuries but based on the numbers;- a similar sized group of skiers across a similar range of abilities would have been expected to have reported 5 or 6 torn ACLs (Anterior Cruciate Ligaments), and a whole host of other minor knee twists and/or sprains etc.
The most common skiing injuries are to the knees, but not, it would seem, if you are wearing your ski~mojo.