Skiing is a physically demanding sport. The level of strength a person has will shape the degree to which they are able to complete the physical demands and skills required. Strength can be defined as the power or ability to resist force, strain or wear. When considering this in relation to the demands of skiing the body, particularly the hips, legs and core muscles must be able to produce certain positions for prolonged periods of time while absorbing significant amounts of force during each decent.
A person’s ability to maintain correct body position is very much influenced by the strength and muscular endurance of the muscles around the joints being used. Improving muscular strength and endurance will ensure that each joint is able to maintain optimal position during each decent which in turn improves efficiency and reduces muscular fatigue. On top of maintaining this optimal skiing position, strength reduces the stress and strain placed on the joints being used, in particular the hips, knees and ankles.