Water Skiing has two primary body positions. In order to get up on skis the knees must be bent at a 90 degree angle, the elbows slightly bent, and the feet must be pointed straight up allowing the skis to be above water without crossing. The next main position is once your up on skis. You must stand straight up, leaning back to keep the rope tight, knees slightly bent, and arms comfortably straight out.
These two positions involve your whole body. However, the basic body parts that need to function to ski are your knees, back, arms, shoulders, and ankles. Without these body parts properly functioning there would need to be other aspects adapted to skiing in order to participate.
The movements involved in skiing can vary because it depends on the types of skiing your using like trick skis or solemn skis. Gross motor movements would be the ability to lean back, holding your head up, hunch your knees up, standing up, lean side to side to cut waves, and swimming. Fine motor movements include putting on swimsuit, gripping the ski rope, fastening skis, buckling life jacket, and signaling to the boat driver.
A primary sense that would be involved would be sight because you need to be able to communicate to the driver, see where your skis are pointed, to see the waves coming so you can bend your knees. A skier would hear the boat motor, wind, other boaters, spectators, and possibly the people in the boat. They would feel the water touching them, the skis underneath their feet, the life vest securely around their chest, and ski rope they’re holding on to. The only typical smell would be the gas from the boat motor and taste would be if the skier got water in their mouth at.
A skier must coordinate their movement with the boat. If the skier stands up too quickly they will fall over because the boat doesn’t have enough momentum to keep them staying afloat. This sport has minimal eye coordination. The only time it is needed is when putting on gear like the life jacket and skis.
Lastly, the skier must have great flexibility because you have to curl up in a tight position. Water skiing also requires muscular endurance specifically in your arms and thighs. Cardiovascular endurance is also greatly needed because it is very tiresome holding onto the rope with the strong wind when going fast speeds. Therefore, this sport requires an ample amount of energy.
The minimal number of participants for this sport is one. However, depending on the size of the boat motor and the boat, a boat could even pull twenty or more people at one time.
While there is no physical contact in this sport, physical proximity is important. If you are skiing to close to a dock or another skier you will run into problems. Also, for those who trick ski and go off jumps it is important to recognize your spacing so you don’t land on another fellow skier.
Water skiing requires communicating with the driver and this can be verbal or nonverbal. Typically once you’re an...