Biomechanical aspects of new techniques in alpine skiing and ski-jumping

J Sports Sci. 2003 Sep;21(9):679-92. doi: 10.1080/0264041031000140284.


There have been considerable changes in equipment design and movement patterns in the past few years both in alpine skiing and ski-jumping. These developments have been matched by methods of analysing movements in field conditions. They have yielded new insights into the skills of these specific winter sports. Analytical techniques have included electromyography, kinetic and kinematic methods and computer simulations. Our aim here is to review biomechanical research in alpine skiing and ski-jumping. We present in detail the techniques currently used in alpine skiing (carving technique) and ski-jumping (V-technique), primarily using data from the authors' own research. Finally, we present a summary of the most important results in biomechanical research both in alpine skiing and ski-jumping. This includes an analysis of specific conditions in alpine skiing (type of turn, terrain, snow, speed, etc.) and the effects of equipment, materials and individual-specific abilities on performance, safety and joint loading in ski-jumping.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena / instrumentation
  • Biomechanical Phenomena / methods
  • Computer Simulation
  • Electromyography
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Leg / physiology
  • Models, Biological
  • Skiing / physiology*
  • Sports Equipment