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  • MODDS is a simple, easy to use Movement Analysis process that yields accurate repeatable results that will allow instructors to better assess their students movements, identify strengths and weaknesses,  share a prescription for change and improvement. Those changes may build on existing strengths or challenge weaker movements or some combination of both.  (M) stands for Motivation - checking the goals of your student and understanding their desires for improvement is key to establishing a relationship and building new movement patterns.  (O) stands for Observation - This is understanding where and how to assess the student. Be sure your observation techniques are defined and allow for multiple view points and perspectives of your students movements. For example, watching the student slide toward you, slide past you and slide away from you.   (D) stands for Describe - This is the critical phase of the process. Simply describe what the tool is doing in the snow in each phase of a turn as it relates to tipping, twisting and bending movements of the skis or snowboard.  (D) stands for Determine - Once you really understand the way the ski/board moves in the snow, look at the skier and figure out what CAUSES the tool to move the way it does in the snow. What skier input is creating those moments and what are the results of the tool in the snow.  (S) stands for Share a Prescription for Change - Once you are able to understand the movements of the ski and the skier in each phase of the turn, create a lesson plan to facilitate positive changes in the student’s movement patterns to achieve their goals and outcomes. 
  • MODDS

    Observation and Description Movement Matrix (4 to 6 Words)
  • Tipping MovementsTwisting MovementsBending Movements 
  • Tipping MovementsTwisting MovementsBending Movements 
  • Tipping MovementsTwisting MovementsBending Movements 
  • Cause:Effect: 
  • Lesson / Coaching Plan

  • "SKIER HEADLINE" What can be changed in the shortest amount of time & be most effective why? - Assist the skier to make movement generated at the feet/snow for greater control and quicker activity from the skis.
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  • 5 SKIING FUNDAMENTALS 1. Control the relationship of the "Center of Mass" to the base of support to direct pressure along the length of the ski. 2. Control the pressure from ski to ski and direct pressure toward the outside ski. 3. Control edge angles through a combination of inclination and angulation. 4. Control the skis rotation (turning, pivoting and steering) with leg rotation separate from the upper and lower body. 5. Regulate the magnitude of pressure created through ski/snow interaction.