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  • Concussion Policy | USSA - Foundation
    to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth Doctors may describe a concussion as a mild brain injury because concussions are usually not life threatening Even so their effects can be serious Risk of Continued Participation A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first usually within a short period of time hours days or weeks can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long term problems In rare cases repeat concussions can result in edema brain swelling permanent brain damage and even death The USSA recommends that Members review the Center for Disease Control s resources on concussion awareness at http www cdc gov concussion HeadsUp online training html In summary and consistent with Utah House Bill 204 the USSA has Adopted a concussion policy Informed Parents Guardians of the policy Obtained Parent Guardian s signature on the policy Required removal of minor athlete suspected of having sustained a concussion Prohibited minors from participating in all USSA activities until cleared by a qualified medical provider trained in concussion management Action Plan and USSA Administrative Role Concussion Action Plan Remove the athlete from activity training or competition when suspected of having sustained a concussion or TBI Inform the athletes parents guardian Allow the athlete to return to sport when cleared by a qualified medical provider trained in concussion management USSA Administrative Role USSA Membership has created an online registration process to inform and capture necessary electronic signatures Competition Services will receive notifications from coaches officials clubs of suspected concussions Competition Services will place athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion on USSA membership hold Competition Services will remove an athlete from medical hold once they receive the USSA Concussion Medical Evaluation form signed by a licensed health care provider who is trained in the evaluation and management of a concussion and who has within three years before the day on which the written statement is made successfully completed a continuing education course in the evaluation and management of a concussion Concussion Related Forms and Resources Per USSA s Concussion Policy any coach official or club leader aware of a suspeted concussion should report it to to Jeff Weinman at the USSA Include the athlete s name USSA ID date and place of suspected concussion and if you feel that a USSA Secondary Insurance Claim may be filed please attach a completed American Specialty First Report of Accident Form List of Athletes on Membership Hold this list is hosted as a Google Doc American Specialty First Report of Accident Form USSA Concussion Evaluation Form and Parent Guardian Information Letter USSA Concussion Policy Form Additional Resources USSA Concussion Frequently Asked Questions For Clubs Coaches Officials and Parents USSA encourages all club programs coaches and officials to utilize the following link as a minimum for concussion education http www cdc gov concussion HeadsUp online training html For Clubs Think Head First provides a comprehensive program to deliver education awareness and proper management when

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/resources/concussion-policy (2016-04-30)
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  • COE TV | USSA - Foundation
    be signed in at Center of Excellence TV Not a USSA member but want full access to all the alpine clips on Center of Excellence TV There are over 100 additional clips in the members only collection and we ve saved our best for our members and subscribers Annual subscriptions are available click here to order If you are having trouble accessing the full collection of videos or want to learn tricks like how to print out the key frame analysis or watch the videos from your mobile device check out these Center of Excellence TV FAQ s Check out this video on Center of Excellence TV Alpine Programs Popular Content Center of Excellence TV Alpine Collection Alpine Resources Alpine Coaches Education Alpine Coaches Coaches Information SkillsQuest Phase 4 Exercises by Phase Equipment 5 Skiing Phase 5 SkillsQuest Resources Outside Ski Turns Pole Jumpers One Ski Skiing Pivot Slips Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My USSA Become a Member Membership Ready to become a member of USSA Whether you re an athlete

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/resources/coe-tv (2016-04-30)
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  • Education Shop | USSA - Foundation
    is the place to register for coaching clinics USSA conferences and webinars and on line exams USSA members receive a 10 discount on most video products Enter USSAMember in the coupon code area at checkout you must be a current member to receive the discount membership is checked before the order is shipped ENTER THE EDUCATION SHOP NOTE The USSA Sport Education Shop requires a separate log in from your USSA log in Alpine Programs Popular Content Education Shop Education Shop Alpine Alpine Coaches Education Alpine Resources Club Resource Center Fast Start Coaching Course Alpine Coaches Become a Member Club Online Courses Club News Outside Ski Turns Pole Jumpers One Ski Skiing Pivot Slips Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My USSA Become a Member Membership Ready to become a member of USSA Whether you re an athlete who wants to compete a fan who wants to follow the action or part of the support team the USSA has a program for you Become a Member Today Support the Team Get Involved The

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/resources/education-shop (2016-04-30)
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  • Fast Start | USSA - Foundation
    know where to find information when they need it In addition coaches who complete this course will receive a 20 credit to be used in the same season toward a USSA coaching clinic or toward several of the educational CDs and DVDs offered by USSA Sport Education at the USSA Education Shop Q Is a coach who completes this course certified and do they need to complete continuing education every two years A No coaches must complete the Level 100 requirements for their sport in order to become certified A coach who has not started on the certification track by completing a Level 100 course in their sport will need to complete an on line Fast Start Update course every three years This update course will include current safe sport guidelines and sport coaching updates Q Does a formerly certified coach who has let their certification lapse no continuing education record on file and USSA database shows status as expired need to take this course upon registration A No However the Fast Start course may be used to satisfy the continuing education requirements for a Level 100 or 200 coach to re gain their certification status This course may only be used for continuing education once Level 300 coaches and higher may not use the Fast Start course for continuing education Q What are the details of the USSA Fast Start course A The course is completed on line and will take approximately 60 90 minutes The coach will be asked multiple choice questions to confirm their knowledge of the topics The course directs the coach to many useful websites and supporting documents that they can retain for future reference so some coaches may spend much more time in the course as they find materials that are of particular interest The coach will be able to leave the course at any time and progress will be saved Q When should the course be taken A The course should be completed when registering or renewing USSA membership or within 14 days from registering for membership The coach s membership status will show as pending until the course is completed Remember a pending coach will not be permitted to act in a coaching capacity at USSA events and will not receive coach lift tickets or access to the venue Q How do I access the course A If the course was added during your membership registration go to my ussa org ussec and use your myUSSA login to access the course sign in at the upper right of the screen After this initial log in the course should be available from your myUSSA dashboard using the USSEC Courses link in your tools To purchase the course for continuing education click here You ll receive an email from USSA Sport Education when you have been registered and you ll be able to access the course as described above Note you must have a myUSSA account Q Are membership fees refunded if membership is

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/officials/resources/safesport/fast-start (2016-04-30)
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  • Coaches | USSA - Foundation
    the on line USSA Fast Start Course Then USSA Sport Education offers in person coaching clinics throughout the year and around the country designed to give you a solid background in fundamental skiing skills racing and in teaching sport Try to attend a Level 100 clinic within the first year of your coaching A USSA coach membership is required for coaches to work at many USSA clubs It is required to be in the venue for USSA sanctioned competitions as a coach To become a USSA coach member Register on line here Complete a background screening cost included in your membership dues Complete the USSA Fast Start course on line Once you ve completed your membership we encourage you to continue to pursue education in coaching through the USSA coaches certification program and to seek entry level officials training to help learn the rules of the sport competition official or referee Join USSA Sport Education on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop Check out Center of Excellence TV a fantastic video resource for coaches And take advantage of our coaching resources and get discounts with your membership at the USSA Education Shop To find a coaching job contact your local ski areas or ski clubs or some clubs post open coaching positions here Each year USSA recognizes coaches for outstanding achievement and contribution at the domestic and international level See award recipients here For more information about coaching resources and education contact USSA Sport Education by phone 435 647 2050 or email Coaching clinics Take your coaching to the next level USSA coaching clinics are offered in every region learn more here COE TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/coaches (2016-04-30)
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  • Phase 4 | USSA - Foundation
    execution of these tasks Key Competencies Technical Has command of fore aft pressure Can increase pressure via upper body or lower body movements Can alter turn size as desired Has command of the rotary skill during all phases of the turn Can ski on one ski with rhythm changes Can adjust pressure and edging to alter turn size Can ski long radius turns in a tuck Able to adjust pressure over the skis to gain speed Tactical Understands how speed influences line choices Adjusts line appropriately for terrain and rhythm changes Understands turn apex placement concepts SkillsQuest Rewards Here are some ideas for skiing goals phase 4 ski racers can set and earn rewards for achievement Tactics consistently skis a line where pressure and edging aren t interrupted at the gate with early pressure in the turn Rhythm changes adjusts line to maintain speed and flow through rhythm changes Terrain changes adjusts line to set up for a breakover or to carry speed from steeps to flats Moving with terrain actively moves with terrain to maintain ski snow contact and to gain speed where possible There are many more make your own Course Setting Recommendations Course setting should begin to challenge the skier s tactics to a greater degree using more substantial rhythm changes Variety is still very important While skiers in this phase can start to make great gains in stamina they still do not have a well developed anaerobic energy system so a mix of short and long courses should be used Recommended disciplines include slalom GS super G duals and terrain and jumping elements Competition venues should not have excessively long flat sections at this phase A shorter course with more technical challenge is preferred over a longer course with easy terrain particularly in this phase due to maturational differences Slalom 27mm full length gates are appropriate though brushes and stubbies should still be used frequently in training throughout the season Typical course sets should be between 7 11m in open gate sections and 4 6m between gates in combinations using the full spectrum Situational training should also include sets outside this range such as 1m picket fences and 16m over round courses Set more often on steeper terrain and incorporate more terrain changes in the set Giant Slalom Typical course sets should be between 18 27m between turns using the full spectrum of these distances in training and moving even outside the range occasionally Maximize variety but in a progressive manner start easy and increase the challenge as athletes are ready slope offset vertical distances rhythm variability Set over terrain elements frequently rolls banks etc with more speed and tactical challenge in training Course sets should require skiers use different turn entries to complete the course carved slight steering and substantial re direction Skiers are preparing for FIS ski specs and must be challenged to bring the skill set they ll need to ease the transition to FIS equipment Super G Emphasis is on elements training

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/alpine-training-system/training-and-competition-matrix/technique-and-tactics/phase-4 (2016-04-30)
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  • Balance | USSA - Foundation
    race course effortlessly and when things do not go according to plan they can make amazing recoveries and still finish the course with a fast time Balance as a goal of all ski racers is not found by just skiing alone but by separating out the component skills and putting them back together where they are again challenged with intensity duration and rate This is not unlike a cake mix You take the desired ingredients skills and put them together with mixing heat and time to create a tasty cake See the balance exercises in the SkillsQuest skiing assessment by clicking on the tabs above Mikaela Shiffrin talks skills Mikaela says that working on drills gave her the skills that make her fast Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/balance (2016-04-30)
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  • Skiing | USSA - Foundation
    not be as fast or as visible during this phase compared to before but the payoff for all the skills work is not far down the road Phase 4 skiers should spend time working on Refining previously learned skills in a variety of terrain and snow conditions Tactics exercises in gates to learn the fastest line Speed and terrain elements Regularly working on skiing skills outside of gates and then bringing those skills into gates The SkillsQuest Skiing Assessment exercises for phase 4 skiers are Straight run in a wave track One ski skiing with lane changes Sideslip to straight run to sideslip Freeskiing hourglass With evaluation of these four exercises skiers can identify strengths and weaknesses in their pressure edging rotary and balance skills Skiers should strive for perfect execution of these tasks SkillsQuest Rewards Here are some ideas for skiing goals phase 4 ski racers can set and earn rewards for achievement Tactics consistently skis a line where pressure and edging aren t interrupted at the gate with early pressure in the turn Rhythm changes adjusts line to maintain speed and flow through rhythm changes Terrain changes adjusts line to set up for a breakover or to carry speed from steeps to flats Moving with terrain actively moves with terrain to maintain ski snow contact and to gain speed where possible There are many more make your own Watch Alice McKenis talk about SkillsQuest U S Ski Team Member Alice Mckenis talks about how freeskiing on different terrain has helped improve her racing Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/activities-by-phase/phase-4/skiing (2016-04-30)
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