USSA Programs

Sports Physiology


USSA physiologists measure and monitor the biological adaptations an athlete makes to their training program. The physiologist is interested in how effectively and efficiently the athlete utilizes energy in order to meet the demands imposed by their sport. Fitness parameters incorporate endurance, speed, power, agility, flexibility, body composition and the ability to adapt to the environment.

Assessment occurs in both laboratory and field settings, and can include variables such as heart rate, oxygen consumption, blood lactate and glucose levels and more. Assessment profiles an athlete's strengths and weaknesses while regular monitoring allows for objective evaluation of the training program. Results are used to provide advice on modifying or improving the training program where appropriate.

Listed below is some of the latest information that we are developing in the lead up to Vancouver 2010 to train our athletes:


Base Training and Injury Prevention

Learn the latest principles of base training for the summer months and how to prevent injuries.  Click on the pdf to read more!


Base Training and Injury Prevention

Competitive Core Training

Learn how to train like the US Ski team using a method that we call Competitive Core Training.  Competitive core training is essential for improving strength in the torso.  We have compiled a short list of beginner exercises to improve your performance during alpine skiing.  Click here to read more!


Competitive Core Training

Training for Alpine Skiing

When we are designing a good training program for US Ski Team members, we first consider what muscles are involved in the movement of skiing and then choose exercises that predominately work each muscle or muscle group.  In this article, we show you the key muscles involved in elite alpine ski racing and how to train them.  Click here to read more!


Training the muscles involved in Alpine Skiing

Warming up prior to Alpine Skiing

A good, science-based warm up can be the difference between winning and losing!  Click below to see some of the actual warm ups currently being done by the US Ski Team prior to their World Cup podium performances! (Remember to consult your doctor before starting a strenuous exercise program)


Alpine warm up 1

Alpine Warm up 2

Alpine warm up 3

Alpine warm up 4

Alpine warm up 5

In Season Training Programs

Our USSA skiers are often on the road and are limited in their ability to keep up their outstanding training programs, depending on what country they are in and what facilities they have access to.  The USSA Sport Science Team work hard to develop cutting edge training programs that achieve the same result, with or without specialized equipment.  Here are some programs that are low, moderate and high intensity (with or without equipment) that our athletes are currently doing!  Click on the links below to open the programs.  (Remember to consult your doctor before starting a strenuous exercise program)


Low Intensity Minimal Equipment

Low Intensity Full Equipment

Moderate Intensity Minimal Equipment

Moderate Intensity Full Equipment

High Intensity Minimal Equipment

High Intensity Full Equipment

Enhancing Recovery from Training and Racing

Recovery training is now an essential component of elite ski racing.  There are many new strategies and increasing scientific evidence to support the use of various recovery techniques.  Click on the link below to read more about recovery techniques.


Enhancing recovery from Training and Racing

Minimizing the effects of Jetlag

All you need to know about minimizing the effects of Jet Lag.


Minimizing the effects of Jetlag