|e3 Ski Poles|
Align & Stabilize
e3 ski poles
Ski & Snowboard
Ski Poles that improve performance
By Sam morishima
Team members Tom Rothrock (Slalom racer) and Dane Spencer (Giant Slalom Racer)
prepare for another practice run down the mountain. These two future USA
hopefuls are practicing with something no other skier has practiced with before
to help improve their skiing performance. As they grasp their poles their hands
wrap around a specially made grip handle. Pushing
off from the starting gate their fingers close down on the molded hand piece -
the thumb bearing down on the grips ledge and the little finger and index
wrapping tightly around a narrow waist that feels ergonomically natural for
them. Rothrock and
Spencerís ski poles are equipped with a new style handgrip from BioGrip
company called e3.
handgrip enhances the skierís balance and stability through the hands natural grip
by aligning and balancing several muscle groups throughout the body, increasing
the athletes agility, speed and strength while reducing strain.
The e3 grips works on the basic principle of stabilizing the
shoulders, back and hips with the underlying premise that the human body is an
interactive physical structure of multiple interlinking components, rather than
a collection of isolated body parts attached to a central longitudinal frame.
The e3 grips help modify mechanical behavior throughout the body by
placing the shoulder and hip girdles in more inherently stable positions and the
axial skeleton in a balanced vertical alignment. The results of these
important changes are more efficient muscle use that improves balance, mobility,
grips without the poles are also being used for balance training in the hands of
top snowboarders Mike and Tina Basich and Shannon Dunn
to help fine tune their balance. Jasey-Jay Anderson 5x Crystal Globe Overall
Champion in snowboarding has been using the grips to improve his balance for
over six years.
Does it really work? Can just the way you position your
handís grip make such a significant difference in the performance of your
skiing and snowboarding? Hand
position has been an important aspect in martial arts delivering rapid and
powerful blows from a stable base stance. In
fact the idea of the hand position originated from studying the martial arts.
Iíve used the e3 grips with my students in my ski and
snowboard lessons to help them position properly over the skis and snowboards
for the development of intricate movements.
The students perform and improve faster and develop the movements in a
more relaxed and comfortable way compared to those not using the grips.
A noticeable improvement is the balancing and holding of the skisís
edge when the student uses the e3 grips.
I currently ski with the e3 grip poles and have noticed that I tire less
The e3 has been used previously in other sports,
especially running. Dean Brittenham,
who recently retired from the Shiley Elite Athletic Excellence Health Resource
Center at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, stated, "I saw immediate
and dramatic improvements in the running form and agility in the athletes using
the e3 grips. I believe the e3 grips are a major breakthrough in improving
athletic performance." Beth Alford-Sullivan, former Women's Coordinator of
Cross Country Track and Field, Stanford University, noted after a demonstration
that the runners using the grips, "showed immediate improvement in each
athlete's running form and stride." Peter Maher, 1988 and 1992 Olympic
Marathoner, said that, "After using the e3 regularly, I have developed a
far more relaxed and injury-free running form." Peter also indicated that
the soreness he was experiencing in his hips disappeared.
Olympian and American womanís discus record holder
Suzy Powell practices her discus throwing using the grips and has broken her own
record. Suzy remarked "By
using the e3 grips and principles in my training, I have witnessed remarkable
improvements... As I prepare for my third Olympic team in 2004, I know the
grips and my improved biomechanics will give me a competitive advantage."
The inventor of
these hand orthotics is Stephen Tamaribuchi one
of the nation's top consultants for prevention of repetitive strain injuries.
The e3 grip technology is a result of twenty years experience in the
field of human biomechanics, working with both sports athletes and
"corporate athletes" suffering from repetitive stress injuries.
He realized that hand position could help people and athletes properly
maximize their workouts and strengthen the proper muscles for various
activities. I was fortunate to meet
Stephen at the time he was beginning to work on placing the grips onto ski
poles. He personally made me one of
the first e3 ski poles to try. Since,
that time it is the only pole I prefer to use.
As a consultant he works with athletes improving their
performance through optimal biomechanics. He
has helped both athletes and non-athletes to improve how they use their muscles
to perform various activities from typing to sprinting.
Beside the athletic use the grips are locally used by Medical
Professionals at Radiological Associates (RAS) in all of their imaging and
treatment rooms as well as the Sutter and Mercy Cancer treatment centers.
When I asked Stephen why he developed the e3 he stated: "My hope is that the e3 grip will allow people of all ages and physical condition to perform better in sports and daily activities. I particularly want to help people who are suffering from joint, balance, and mobility problems. I believe the e3 can significantly improve their quality of life."
By the way Per
Lundstam Men's conditioning coach and assistant in Men's GS and Downhill
so grateful to Stephen that he gave him one of Bode Millerís slalom skis that
he had won a race with. Now when I
ski with Stephen he leaves me so far behind that Iím glad that he has the
courteous of waiting for me at the lift lines.
I swear those skis of Bodeís has wings.
The interesting thing is Stephen is so well balanced he makes optimal use
of those lightening boards of Bodeís. Guess
whatís in the palm of Stephenís hand? e3!