Champion Cords Handcuffs for Axel (Sheila Thelen)

Figure skating jump specialist Sheila Thelen works with a skater on her axel take-off. In this short video, Sheila uses Champion Cords in what she calls “handcuffs” to constrain the potential movement of the arms and hands. By using the handcuffs, the skater is limited to smaller and more controlled movements. Notice also that Sheila has the skater using the “bite the coat” method for head control as well.

Important axel insights shared by Sheila include the need to pivot on the toe pick, and take the arms through to the target narrowly. Head control is also critical to a good axel.


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