Judging from my experience until now, it is a fact that many athletes I have coached show improvement at the beginning of the season.
One reason is probably because motivation is high at the beginning of the season.
However, upon reflecting on the tendencies of former students, I have learned a lot and therefore, I think there are other reasons.
Thus, the hypothesis that I've come to accept is "visualization."
What I mean by "snowboard visualization" is that put your senses into the image of yourself being on the slopes and you replay that image of yourself on the slopes over and over in your mind.
Allow me to introduce to you a famous basketball study that was done.
A study conducted by Dr. Biasiotto (spelling corrected 8/4/14) at the University of Chicago was done where he split people into three groups and tested each group on how many free throws they could make.
After this, he had the first group practice free throws every day for about 20 minutes.
The second group just visualized themselves making free throws.
The third group did nothing.
After 30 days, he tested them again.
The first group improved by 24%.
The second group improved by 23% without touching a basketball!!!!
The third group did not improve which was expected.
There's a lot of research like this that still exists and I believe that I am a personification of it.
It is said that the right side of the brain handles intuitive and sensible things such as "image."
It is also said that the right side of the brain in humans deals with the subconscious and that it actually can't distinguish between what's reality and what is not.
Essentially what happens is the image that is replayed in the right side of the brain causes the brain to hallucinate and act as if you actually had the experience.
The clearer the picture and the more times it is imagined the deeper that image is put into memory.
In other words, even though you're not snowboarding, in your mind, it's as if you had already snowboarded.
In the brain, when this image is replayed and kinesthesia is built up, signals are sent from the brain to the muscles.
As a result of that, the brain recollects it as if the image and muscles are linked.
This is how advanced snowboarders effectively use their time when they are not snowboarding.
You could say that this "image time" is equal to that of actual snowboarding time.
In the off season when my students can't snowboard, I make them do a lot of visualization.
I spend as much time on visualization as students who really enjoy visualization.
Students who really enjoy visualization spend more time for it???
Thus, these are kinds of students who show improvement at the beginning of the season.
For those of you who love snowboarding and want to improve, even if you can only snowboard a few weeks or 10 days out of the year, please make extreme use of visualization!
Even if you can only jump 10 times in 10 minutes wherever you snowboard, at home, you can visualize yourself jumping 6 times in 1 minute!
This is very efficient!
You CAN use the time in which you can't snowboard to improve a lot!
I'll show you how to do this in detail in another tutorial, so please check it out!