As instructors and particularly instructors training for certification courses, we spend most of our time on a snowboard making turns, and trying to perfect those turns…left, right, left, right repeat…and we’re getting pretty good at it, but how much time have you spent thinking about HOW we get from one turn to the next? There’s been this idea floating around for a few years that we need EARLY edge, and LOTS of it but if you watch the good riders out there you’ll see that they focus more on re-centering in the transition between turns and then moving to the new edge in a controlled way.

In CASI’s reference manual, there is a small section about the Q angle as a key anatomical difference between the typical male and female body types. But exactly what is the Q angle?The quadriceps or “Q” angle is the angle at which the quadriceps muscle meets the kneecap compared to the line formed by the ligament attaching the kneecap to shin. To assess the Q angle: find the pointiest part of the hip bone (ASIS) and draw an imaginary line from here through the centre of the kneecap (patella). Then imagine another line from the bony point just below the kneecap (tibial tuberosity) up through the centre of the kneecap again. The angle between these two lines is the Q angle.

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