Snow sports run the gamut from acrobatic jumping and high speed downhill, to long distance endurance. Tschana Schiller has supported them all in more than a decade with US Ski and Snowboard. Athletes face unique demands on the snow, and she looks to find the best ways to support them off the snow. She joins us on this week’s episode to talk about the demands of snow sports, with a deeper look at cross-country skiing and supporting athletes remotely through velocity-based training.
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Tschana Schiller is the Athletic Development Manager at US Ski and Snowboard. A former collegiate soccer player, she has worked in various roles for US US Ski and Snowboard since 2006, supporting nearly every discipline at the organization.
- 4:00 – Biggest challenges of working across different disciplines at USSA.
- 8:00 – Navigating different sporting cultures.
- 12:00 – Putting training in the context of different sports and experience levels.
- 15:00 – Finding consistency: “We aim to keep the consistency, with the warm up, with the cool down, and managing what they are getting on the snow. “
- 17:00 – Watching athletes on the snow and how that informs programming: “We encourage our staff the safely try the sport. Feeling what they go through changes how we look at our programming to know what they feel. “
- 21:00 – Strength philosophy for cross-country skiing: “We try to improve recruitment, muscle activation, tissue quality, stiffness, coordination, efficiently, how to properly load and be powerful on the snow. And because of the nature of endurance sport can be so repetitive, we try to tackle things in the weight room that will help their longevity and increase robustness. “
- 23:30 – Programming for cross-country skiers: “I don’t want them to come in the weight room and continue to do the same movements over and over and mimic their ski movements. It just adds stress on top of stress. So you have to take them out of those movements. “
- 26:45 – Using technology: “Once they achieved the threshold of strength that we think is appropriate for their sport, we are trying to look at moving this load or a portion of this load fast. It isn’t just fast one time, but repetitively. “
- 30:00 – VBT for athlete assessment.
- 33:00 – Comparing mountain bike to cross-country ski programming: “In mountain biking you want to be an extension of the bike and absorb the terrain coming in front of you. “
- 37:00 – Preparing Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins for historic gold: “When you go in to working with a new team, you have to first build trust. To be a good S&C coach you have to be a great teacher and be able to build relationships and listen. “
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- Schiller and three of her USSA colleagues were guests on GAINcast 40 when Vern visited the USSA Center of Excellence. It was part of a series that also talked with high performance director Troy Taylor on GAINcast 44 and sports technologist Bill Sands on GAINcast 42.
- We’ve also covered skiing a on Episode 125 with Tracy Fober, and looked at the on-site support at the 2018 Olympics on Episode 144.
- Endurance was also a topic on Episode 36 with Steve Magness.