Tips for Skiing in Powder

Holding an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Terry McEnany dedicated more than three decades to cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Now retired, Dr. Terry McEnany is enjoying a second career as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.

In powder snow, the following tips can make skiing easier.

1. Use the legs and feet for turns. Powder creates more resistance, and therefore, skiers find it more difficult to complete turns. While the initial reaction is to turn the upper body first, you must avoid this and, instead, lead with the legs and feet. This keeps your body and movement steady.

2. Ski as close to the fall line as possible/comfortable. More air in the snow means it takes more time for surfaces to get compacted. Until snow is compacted enough to glide across, you should not make large turns.

3. Try skiing to a rhythm. Skiing to a song helps you plan out the timing of turns. You should find a musical track that not only relaxes you but has a beat that encourages you to make symmetrical turns and turn shapes.

Ski Tips that Keep Beginners Safe

Establishing a successful career as a surgeon, Terry McEnany, MD, dedicated 25 years to the field of medicine. In 1998, following tenure with Mayo Clinic Health Services, Dr. Terry McEnany began his second career as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.

Before hitting the slopes, beginner skiers should consider the following to ensure safety and fun.

1. Powder snow is ideal skiing terrain for experienced skiers. However, individuals new to the sport should stay away because the surfaces are uneven and heavy, causing most beginners to get stuck. Inexperienced skiers should practice and perfect ski techniques on groomed trails.

2. For better balance, skiers should keep knees bent. This encourages the body to naturally lean forward over the boots and results in better control. Additionally, a skier will find bent knees aid in navigating through uneven terrain.

3. Ski lifts come in different forms and offer varying levels of leniency when boarding. A beginner should locate a fixed lift on a trail map to try first. A fixed lift alternates chairs between fast and slow belts, allowing more time for new skiers to situate themselves safely before traveling up a hill.

2015 PSIA-AASI Conference Set for October 22-25 at Copper Mountain

For nearly three decades, Terry McEnany, MD, served as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at hospitals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, California, and Wisconsin, in addition to holding professorships at institutions such as Brown University, the University of California, and Ohio State University. Now a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado, Terry McEnany helps students of all ages gain their footing on the slopes, and he is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Each year, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) provides a forum for ski and snowboard educators to network and collaborate at the annual PSIA-AASI Fall Conference. Drawing organization members, snowsports school representatives, and leading instructors, the event comprises two portions: the Directors’ Seminar and Education Fall Conference. It allows attendees to stay abreast of developments in technical manuals and the PSIA-AASI National Standards, encouraging collaboration and the development of efficient, objective, and consistent best practices.

The 2015 Fall Conference will take place from October 22 to 25 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and will include both indoor and on-snow sessions. It will mark the third annual iteration of the Directors’ Seminar, which welcomes ski school directors from across the United States to network with industry leaders and work toward improving business practices and educational standards.

Essential Ski Equipment

An MD with long surgical experience, Dr. Terry McEnany transitioned away from a 30-year career in medicine to dedicate time to public service and studying literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the winter, Terry McEnany, MD, resides in Colorado, where he provides ski instruction at The Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen.

Proper gear can make the difference between having a good or bad ski experience. Skiers should make sure they have all the essentials for safe skiing. When adjusted by trained ski professionals, bindings reduce the potential for leg injuries during falls by releasing the boots from the skis. A helmet with a fastened chin strap is also important during falls and collisions, and a skier should make sure it is an actual ski helmet and not a helmet designed for other sports in order to have enough space for goggles and ventilation.

Goggles and sunglasses offer eye protection from blinding reflections and environmental hazards like tree branches. Sun block is mandatory because of the high altitudes and reflection of sun from the snow.In addition to keeping the hands and fingers warm, ski gloves make it easier to grip poles while skiing.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Study Impact of Oxidation on Heart Health

Terry McEnany, MD, is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with publications in peer-reviewed journals including the American Heart Association’s Circulation, the Rhode Island Medical Journal, and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. In preparation for his career as a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Terry McEnany earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers investigated the role of oxidative stress, or the body’s ability to neutralize damage caused by free radicals, in heart failure. The study, which was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, noted that the process of oxidation interferes with a heart-shielding protein known as PKG. PKG is responsible for controlling biological stressors including elevated blood pressure and inflammation by binding to certain molecules, but oxidation altered the fundamental structure of PKG, impairing its ability to function.

Researchers also experimented with mice that were engineered to have oxidant-resistant PKG, and found that after induced heart failure, they displayed much milder disease than mice with normal PKG. These new findings provide an avenue of research for developing therapies to halt or slow heart failure, a condition that affects an estimated 5.1 million Americans.