2017 AMI Online Salon

Crafting Arc: The Anatomy of Skiing – Coiling

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Brian Dunham; Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Client: Tom Barbeau, Waterville Valley Academy
  • Copyright: © 2017 Brian Dunham
  • Medium / software used: Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Poster presentation
  • Primary audience: Higher level ski coaches in the USA

Project Description

Understanding human anatomy and the underlying physics that govern the ski-snow interactions is key to developing great skill sets as either a coach or a ski racer.  This proof-of-concept piece shows how medical illustration could improve the current ski racing teaching materials.

This pilot piece is intended as a conversation starter to show how key aspects of ski racing technique could be better explained using an infographic approach.   While there are quite a few books on skiing; so far very few have rigorously examined the musculoskeletal system as it moves through the various phases of a turn.  This is one of several pieces that describe the technique of coiling.  The others will emphasize the underlying physics as well as the muscular anatomy involved.

This piece was developed in conjunction with Tom Barbeau, head U16 coach at Waterville Valley Ski Academy and is intended for higher-level coaches within the racing community.