Brought to you by Eric Ward of Foot Foundation
Changing the conversation for FIGURE SKATERS
It is not about arches or arch support!!
STOP moving the blade away from a near mid line mounting position.
It is about aligning the tripod of the foot!
Tripod alignment of the foot corrects ankle mal-alignment - G-TAK alignment means knees-hips-shoulders-nose over TOES.
G-TAK Alignment creates proper ankle alignment to allow skaters to use both the inside and outside edge with ease. Watch for skaters who have trouble getting comfortably on an outside edge. The temptation in the past was to move the blade more inside. G-TAK Alignment will facilitate edges, turns, take-offs and landings, spins, twizzles, etc! We have seen it happen time and time again!
Stop compensating by moving the blade mount
COACHES --Avoid the Off CENTER MOUNT!
This 9 year old figure skater has been plagued with problems skating on outside edges. We discovered that her blade was mounted as far INSIDE as possible to allow her to somewhat improve her spins and edges. But it really never worked well! We requested that when she got new boots, that the old boots get stretched and the blade center mounted so we could see what happened. The difficulty of her skating was obvious with the center mount as soon as she took to the ice. Within 4 strokes, she realized that she could not skate.
We then measured her with the Self Testing Kit, available on this website, and found that she struggled to balance on one foot. With a 3 degree ankle alignment correction she could balance much better. So we fitted her with a 3 degree Neutral Balance Wedge with the SAME center mount. Here is her reaction to skating with the Neutral Balance Wedge in her skate! This experience is being repeated with coaches and students around the country. Sometimes when a student says "I can't" it is because they really cannot do it due to their ankle and foot anatomy. This problem can be easy to measure and easy to correct with this patented system. Get the Testing Kit and help your students say "I can!" Get the Self-Testing Kit if you want to test various degrees in skates or shoes before ordering the final version. Ground Reaction Force REDUCTION Technology!