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After undergoing three blowout losses in three weeks, any casual observer of the Mammoth Huskies football team might wonder why in the world would anyone show up to watch these guys play.
The answer is in two words:
Mammothâ€™s senior running back and defensive backfield defender is racking up prodigious numbers on the field, in spite of the Huskiesâ€™ humbling losses. Coach Marty Thompson, along with everybody else, is impressed, and says one of the main reasons for Wormhoudtâ€™s football prowess is in his ski racing.
â€śHeâ€™s a great leader, first of all, â€śThompson said, â€śbut his athletic strength is in his balance, the physical shape heâ€™s in and plyometricsâ€”they all come into play.â€ť
Wormhoudt hasnâ€™t been able to do it all himself. Last week, the Huskies traveled to Bishop, where Wormhoudt and everyone else on the team were taken to the cleaners in a 55-6 loss.
Tonight (Friday) the Huskies hit the road again to play the Rosamond Roadrunners in a non-league battle. The Roadrunners go into the fray with a 1-1 record after their 32-26 non-league win over Vasquez (Acton) last week.
To prevail, the Huskies will need Wormhoudtâ€”and just about everybody elseâ€”at their best. For the young skier-football player, that means more concentration on his plyometrics.
Plyometrics isnâ€™t the rage in just skiing; lots of other athletes do them, too.
But it is in competitive ski racing that the regimen is a fundamental core set of exercises.
They include squat jumps, box jumps, hopping, two-legged jumps, side-to-side jumps, chair jumping, and so on.
For skiers, these exercises are easy to understand why they would help.
When ski racers make a turn, they bend their legs, shortening the quads muscles. As they fight through the turn, however, an outside force (gravity) is forcing the quad muscle to lengthen, and they use an eccentric muscle action to hold a position and stay tight through the turn.
It is this eccentric force that skiers develop through plyometrics.
â€śIt helps him (Wormhoudt) in everything, and itâ€™s good for him,â€ť Thomspon said.
â€śI tell people youâ€™ve got to be tough to be a skier.â€ťView more articles in: