Performance in cross-country skiing is determined by the complex interaction of physiology, mechanics and psychology. A large quantity of research in the field of cross-country skiing and technique analysis exists, but most of these studies have included recreational, well-trained or elite skiers. Youth skiers may differ in physiology and technique compared to other groups, and the findings may therefore not be directly transferred into practice for younger skiers. Although technique and technique training has been proposed to be one of the most important determinant of youth skiers performance development, surprisingly few studies have compared different feedback strategies for motor learning and performance.
Technique analysis and technical development in young cross-country skiers
The PhD project consists of two part, where the first part focus on motor control and aims to investigate coordination patterns and
inter-cycle variability as a determinant of technical skills during V1 skating technique.The second part uses an interdisciplinary approach to motor learning, and the aim is to investigate the effect of different methods for technique development.
The skiers will be rollerskiing on the large treadmill. Oxygen consumptions, lactate and full body 3D kinematics optical motion system will be used to evaluate the skiers technique at both sub- and maximal intensities. The youth skiers will do this before and after a technique training intervention
The project has just started and no preliminary data are available