For those not in touch with the world of freestyle and big mountain skiing, you’ve maybe never heard the name Tanner Hall. In the ski circles, Tanner is big time, big time like Rock Star status in the sport – the guy has multiple X-Game gold medals, been voted male skier of the year by Powder Magazine (you get the idea). Unfortunately, he suffered a very serious injury to both of his legs last spring, requiring surgery on both of his knees.
So it goes without saying, it’s pretty cool to have Tanner engaged in his Physical Therapy at Alpine Sports Medicine here in Park City, UT, and the team is excited to get him back on the hill as soon as possible. His primary therapist is Janna Mann, but Tanner has been working with Jason Morgan (a certified strength and conditioning specialist) on his days off from PT to work on some strengthening of other areas on the his body. This work outside of his PT on his knee is what we will be discussing in this entry.
As a freestyle skier, Tanner and other athletes are constantly beating on their bodies, working on new tricks and pushing the envelope is what this sport is all about. The nature of freestyle over the last decade is progression in spinning (and flipping), a lot of off-axis stuff (body parallel to the ground). “The spinning and twisting falls area big component of what we are addressing with building Tanner’s core strength,” Jason stated, ” we want to give him a stronger posture which will give him more rotational stability.” Jason went on to explain that the rotational stability and core strength will not only help with control of his body will frantically spinning in
the air, but also when there is the dreaded ground impact his body will withstand this better – minimizing potential for injury. As you can imagine, working with the medicine ball and doing these twisting exercises would put a lot of stress on the knees, Therefore Jason is focusing on techniques and exercises that reduce or minimize any weight on the knee(s).
We will continue to update the progress of Tanners rehabilitation, so watch right here as we help get Tanner back out on the snow. You should check Tanner out at his new website as well, current info, videos etc…. Check it here TANNER