News about hip injuries has dominated the off-season. Rudi Galindo, Alexei Yagudin, Tara Lipinski, Yoshie Onda, Jenny Kirk, Deanna Stellato, Naomi Nari Nam -- the list goes on and on, not to mention all of those second and third tier skaters that we don't hear so much about.
In the case of the young girls, the chief culprit is believed to be overtraining triple-triples. So here are my questions.
1. Is a triple-triple combination harder on your body then a triple...and then another triple? Which is worse, 10 repetitions of a triple toe - triple toe, or 20 repetions of a triple toe in isolation? Or 15 repetions of a triple toe - double toe?
2. Is a triple loop - triple loop (or some other combination with a loop as the second jump) harder on your body than, say, a triple toe - triple toe? What about a triple Lutz - triple toe?
3. Common sense says that landing on one leg like that over and over is going to take it's toll. But what about the take-off. If you have to twist your body, while taking off on a bent ankle, then springing into the air by the strength of your leg (aided, I suppose, by various physical forces involving speed, blade angle, toe pick, etc.) -- is that hard on the hips, too?