Knee Over Toe: the benefit of recording your practices

I have been off skates for two weeks now with an Achilles problem, but the footage my little brother took of my last practice has given me loads of stuff to work on in the mean time.

Here is an example of a small and achievable correction I have found I need to make, by looking to the footage during my downtime.

Worship Derby on bended knee

In skating, especially Derby skating, it’s important to keep your knees bent. For basic skating it stops you falling on your arse if you lose your balance. In Derby freshmeat you get taught about Derby-stance, which takes the knee bend to a whole new level of … thigh burning anguish.

For now, I am just working on basic knee bend, as I know full on derby stance is going to take me some time to reach.

Basics for beginners – knee bend is vital

In Skatefresh, Asha Kirkby says:

“If I had to pick just two of the causes of most beginners’ skating  problems they would be lack of sufficient and correct knee bend and too slow a cadence. There are other problems but these two are the bane of any instructor’s life. If you fix these two, everything else will  fix itself. ”

Here is what a good knee bend looks like according to Asha

knee-bend-example

I knees to the truth… am I bent enough?

I think, when I am doing my skating practice, that my knees are over my toes. It feels like they are! Let’s see if they really are… here is me in action:

 

Bearing in mind my bulky knee pads add a fair few inches onto my knee, I can see my knees are not quite over my toes yet.

Now I know what to practice and correct!

Learning even when off skates

This big stock of footage, taken on just one day, has given me loads to work on while I am off skates injured.

Try and get some footage sometime, even if it just sits around on your hard drive for ages, if you are ever injured it might just be the thing that keeps you motivated and sane.

 

 

 

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