Skiing Patents (Class 434/253)
  • Patent number: 9757610
    Abstract: A variable stiffness treadmill system having a variable stiffness mechanism, a split-belt treadmill, a counterweight system, and a body weight support for supporting an individual and varying the stiffness below the individual on the treadmill for research and rehabilitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Panagiotis Artemiadis, Andrew Barkan
  • Patent number: 9649526
    Abstract: A multi-axis adjustable exercise machine which is pivotable about both a pitch axis and a roll axis with respect to a base for allowing an exerciser to perform a wide range of exercises on a pitched or rolled exercise machine. The multi-axis adjustable exercise machine generally includes an exercise machine which is adjustable with respect to a base. The exercise machine may be pivoted about a roll axis to adjust the roll angle of the exercise machine or may be pivoted about a pitch axis to adjust the pitch angle of the exercise machine. One or more actuators may be connected between the base and the exercise machine to effectuate the pivoting of the exercise machine about either or both axes with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Samuel D. Cox, Todd G. Remund
  • Patent number: 9373233
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method of providing haptic effects to a first user of a multi-user application. The method includes executing a first instance of the multi-user application on a first computing platform associated with the first user. The multi-user application is configured to interface with an object based on control inputs received from the first user and based on control inputs received from a second user via a second computing platform executing a second instance of the multi-user application, and responsive to performance of a first control input by the second user on the second computing platform, the method includes generating a first haptic effect for the first user on the first computing platform, the first haptic effect conveying information to the first user about the effect of the first control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 9189008
    Abstract: An apparatus interacting with an external device by using a pedal module is provided. The apparatus includes: a pedal module; a parallel position-measuring sensor for sensing a degree of a parallel motion; a rotary position-measuring sensor for sensing a degree of a rotary motion; and a control part for ordering the external device to be driven by referring to at least either of the degree of the parallel motion sensed by the parallel position-measuring sensor or that of the rotary motion sensed by the rotary position-measuring sensor or for receiving a control signal from the external device and driving a motor group including at least one motor to apply force feedback to the pedal module by referring to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Center Of Human-Centered Interaction For Coexistence
    Inventors: Dae Keun Yoon, Kwang Kyu Lee, Shin Young Kim, Jai Hi Cho, Bum Jae You
  • Patent number: 9072956
    Abstract: A wakeboarding system and pool are provided. The wakeboarding system includes a deck, a pool of water adjacent the deck, a pad having a top surface and a bottom surface, the pad being fixedly coupled to the deck and protruding therefrom over a portion of the pool of water, the bottom surface of the pad being in contact with the pool of water and the pad being configured to float, and a flow of water over the top surface of the pad. The pad has an outer edge that opposes the deck, the outer edge being configured in a semi-circle. The pad further includes protrusions on the pad, the protrusions being configured on the top surface of the pad to allow a wake boarder to engage the protrusions. The apparatus further includes a towing mechanism and a tow device coupled thereto for towing the wake boarder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Randall Cozens
  • Publication number: 20150099251
    Abstract: A ski training harness comprising: (a) an adjustable, releasable waist strap; (b) a pair of retractable leashes connected to the waist strap at a left-side and right-side location relative to a child, wherein each of the retractable leashes comprises a handle adapted to allow an adult wearing ski gloves to easily grasp the leash handle, a portion of each of the leashes extending from each of the handles; and (c) means for securing the pair of leash handles to the waist strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Duncan Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150093732
    Abstract: A method of instructing an individual to ski includes attaching at least a portion of a bottom surface of a first apparatus to at least a portion of a top surface of a left ski. A top surface of the first apparatus may include indicia that instructs the individual how to maneuver the ski when moving downhill. The method may further include attaching at least a portion of a bottom surface of a second apparatus to at least a portion of a top surface of a right ski. A top surface of the second apparatus may include indicia that instructs the individual how to maneuver the ski when moving downhill. The indicia of the second apparatus may be presented in a different layout than the indicia of the first apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Bridget McGuire Ross
  • Publication number: 20150031007
    Abstract: A snow ski training device for a child has a harness with harness straps for partially enclosing and supporting a torso of the child. The harness is affixed to a companion backpack. The training device also includes a pair of leash reel bodies, each housing a retractable leash which is removably attached to either the harness or backpack. Each of the retractable leashes has a distal end attached to the backpack or harness and a proximate end which is received about a spool contained within the respective leash reel body. The leash reel bodies have lock mechanism which can be actuated to tether the child at various distances from a trainer holding the leashes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Randee Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20140335492
    Abstract: Ski restraint harnesses and methods of using ski restraint harnesses are described herein. One ski restraint harness can comprise two vertical straps, at least one horizontal strap to position and tighten around a torso of the person when wearing the ski restraint harness, and a rear training ring connected to material of the ski restraint harness and designed to be positioned on the rear of the person when wearing the ski restraint harness. The two vertical straps include a first vertical strap designed to be positioned around a first shoulder and a first leg of a person when wearing the ski restraint harness and a second vertical strap designed to be positioned around a second shoulder and a second leg of the person wearing the ski restraint harness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Lola's Safeski Designs LLC
    Inventor: Dan Braaten
  • Publication number: 20140272857
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus to facilitate training for skiing, skating, rollerblading, and the like, where an experienced person may assist or direct a novice. The apparatus includes a central support bar with three crossbars, one for the experienced person to grasp and two for the novice to hold onto and sit on or put behind the knees, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sheena Lin WINDER, Roger L. WINDER
  • Publication number: 20140272858
    Abstract: Apparatus for sport activity, in particular for skiing and/or snowboarding, usable for example by a skier, suited to splay the legs of the skier, includes a spacer element to which ends fastening mechanisms are coupled in order to couple the spacer element to each leg of the skier by the fastening mechanisms. Consequently, when the skier uses the apparatus, he/she has his legs open by a distance equal to the length of the spacer element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Franco Fattori, Piero Fattori
  • Patent number: 8784223
    Abstract: A system and method for improving skating speed and strength of skaters, particularly ice skaters, employs an inclined skating ramp. The skating surface itself may be any of the conventional or yet-to-be-invented artificial ice surfaces. The inclination of the ramp provides a greater challenge for the skating student than a conventional flat skating surface. While the inclined ramp may have more than one lane, so that more than one student may skate side-by-side in competition with each other, it is preferred to have only a single lane and employ a timing system so that a student is skating “against the clock” and therefore focused on improvement of individual performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Dean C. Talafous
  • Patent number: 8721343
    Abstract: A ski instructional apparatus and method for teaching young children that allows for dry land training of a student on skis. The apparatus includes a pole that the student straddles. The pole has a cross piece that extends behind the students legs and beneath the buttocks and handlebars for the student to hold onto. Pulling the pole forward causes the cross piece to push the student from behind so little or none of the student's arm strength is needed to pull the student on skis along a dry surface. The tips of the skis are connected by a tether and a line attached to the tether is connected to the pole. The arrangement allows the instructor to move the student forward and, at the same time, to move the ski tips one towards the other or allow the tips to move apart by respectively raising or lowering the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua Thomas Davis
  • Patent number: 8708706
    Abstract: A floatable skier training device that includes a first floatable support comprising a first leading end and a second end, a second floatable support a first leading end and a second end, a seat (e.g., an arcuate seat) extending from the first floatable support to the second floatable support, the arcuate seat having a first forward section, a second rearward section, a top and a bottom, when the device is placed on a body of water, the bottom forms an angle with the surface of the body of water that is no greater than 45 degrees, and a method of using the same to allow a user to start from a position above the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Revel Match LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Plante
  • Publication number: 20130337422
    Abstract: The present Invention provides a surfing device comprising at least one energy projecting means and at least one energy projecting structure for supporting and positioning the energy projecting means. The energy projecting structure positions the energy projecting means at one or more energy projecting positions. Energy is projected from the energy projecting means from positions to enable a person to surf at least partially solely via the projected energy. The present invention also provides a surface for a surfing device, either the device of the present Invention or another surfing device. The surface, is designed for a person to surf on either via the projected energy of the surfing device of the present Invention or by at least partially direct contact with the surface via fluid projected out of, over or upon it. The surface has an Impact absorption material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Con Kriticos
  • Publication number: 20130316317
    Abstract: A method and device are provided that allow a competent skier to train and/or assist a trainee downhill skier with the acquisition of basic downhill skiing techniques. The trainee skier is tethered to an uphill instructing skier by a pair of reins attached to the trainee at the ankles, ski tips, or to the ski tips via ski tip handles. The instructing skier has substantially independent control over each tethering point to assist or train the novice skier to execute turns, control speed, and promote proper balance and stance for the maneuver and terrain at hand. The method and device may also comprise the use of adjustable ski tip couplers that limit divergence, and optionally convergence, of the trainee's ski tips. Handicapped skiers may be assisted and guided in downhill skiing using this method and device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Sebastian Bilbao
  • Patent number: 8529268
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus for teaching a student how to snow ski includes a removably attachable instructor component, a removably attachable student component, and means for temporarily securing the instructor component and student component together. The instructor component has a first end defining a cavity configured to receive a bottom end of an instructor's ski pole and a second end disposed opposite the first end. The student component has a first end configured to attach to a portion of a student's ski equipment and a second end disposed opposite the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: R. Scott Coleman, Samuel Richard Hunter
  • Publication number: 20130157237
    Abstract: A ski instructional apparatus and method for teaching young children that allows for dry land training of a student on skis. The apparatus includes a pole that the student straddles. The pole has a cross piece that extends behind the students legs and beneath the buttocks and handlebars for the student to hold onto. Pulling the pole forward causes the cross piece to push the student from behind so little or none of the student's arm strength is needed to pull the student on skis along a dry surface. The tips of the skis are connected by a tether and a line attached to the tether is connected to the pole. The arrangement allows the instructor to move the student forward and, at the same time, to move the ski tips one towards the other or allow the tips to move apart by respectively raising or lowering the pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Joshua Thomas Davis
  • Publication number: 20120270194
    Abstract: A training device has a frame and which is provided with a substantially elongated left-hand pedal element and a substantially elongated right-hand pedal element disposed substantially parallel thereto. A front part of each of the pedal elements is provided with a pedal shaft extending both at an upper side and at a bottom side of the pedal element. The training device may be used by a user to simulate a skiing motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Twan Theodorus Petrus Kuijpers
  • Patent number: 8282533
    Abstract: A trampoline board includes a resilient body with a foam core. At least one flex zone (e.g., a channel) which acts as a living hinge extends from a first lateral edge to a second lateral edge to facilitate bending to conform to the shape of a depressed trampoline surface. Sandal-like trampoline board bindings are threadedly coupled to inserts molded into the resilient body. Each binding includes a shock absorbing midsole and is devoid of any potentially harmful structures that extend above the ankle of a user, such as the molded support behind the heel characteristic of snowboard bindings. Adjustable cushioned straps secure the sandal-like trampoline board bindings to a user's feet. The insert pack includes a base with a plurality of parallel threaded shanks extending perpendicularly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Voda Equipment, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robert Ferraro, Gregg Anton Vukelic
  • Patent number: 8182269
    Abstract: An assembly provided for the practice of a gliding, rolling, or walking sport, such as snowboarding, skateboarding, or snowshoeing, for example, the assembly including a device for receiving a foot or a boot, as well as a board. The assembly includes a system for marking the position of the receiving device with respect to the board (3), the marking system including a first marking arrangement associated with the receiving device, as well as a second marking arrangement associated with the board, the first and second marking arrangements being provided to cooperate with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventor: Henri Rancon
  • Patent number: 8137244
    Abstract: An exercise device for the crossover step, including an upper wheel supported, the upper wheel having a skating surface and being rotatable; a lower wheel joined to the upper wheel via a hub, the lower wheel having idler wheels supporting the upper wheel; upper legs and lower legs, the upper and lower legs being joined to the lower wheel; a track joined to the upper legs and lower legs, the track adapted to allow the upper wheel, lower wheel, upper legs and lower legs to be stored vertically against a wall and positioned for use adjacent a floor; and mechanism for controlled increase of simulated G-forces applied to a skater skating on the skating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Blaylock
  • Publication number: 20120034585
    Abstract: A floatable skier training device that includes a first floatable support comprising a first leading end and a second end, a second floatable support a first leading end and a second end, a seat (e.g., an arcuate seat) extending from the first floatable support to the second floatable support, the arcuate seat having a first forward section, a second rearward section, a top and a bottom, when the device is placed on a body of water, the bottom forms an angle with the surface of the body of water that is no greater than 45 degrees, and a method of using the same to allow a user to start from a position above the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: REVEL MATCH LLC DBA RAVE SPORTS
    Inventor: Thomas M. Plante
  • Publication number: 20110269107
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus for teaching a student how to snow ski includes a removably attachable instructor component, a removably attachable student component, and means for temporarily securing the instructor component and student component together. The instructor component has a first end defining a cavity configured to receive a bottom end of an instructor's ski pole and a second end disposed opposite the first end. The student component has a first end configured to attach to a portion of a student's ski equipment and a second end disposed opposite the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: R. Scott Coleman, Samuel Richard Hunter
  • Publication number: 20110269108
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus for teaching a student to ski or snowboard includes a removably attachable instructor component and a removably attachable student component. The instructor component has a first end and a second end. The first end defines a cavity configured to receive a bottom end of an instructor's ski pole. The first end is configured to be removably secured to the bottom end of the instructor's ski pole. The second end is disposed opposite the first end. The student component is configured to be removably secured to a student's ski or snowboard equipment and is also configured to be removably secured to the second end of the instructor component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Hookease IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: R. Scott Coleman, David George Vogt, JR., Samuel Richard Hunter
  • Publication number: 20110171618
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for practicing water board sports. The device includes a water stream to artificially create a water flow on a support where the user can practice sports and one or more distributors which assist in controlling the created water flow according to the position or to motions on the support of the user or an object moving with the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: MADEA CONCEPT SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Gabriel Esteve, Jean-Guillaume Argoud
  • Publication number: 20110136088
    Abstract: A device to assist in the teaching of downhill skiing which is fabricated of a resilient material and is configured and graphically adorned to encourage the proper positioning of the upper body and hands to maintain control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald Bomba
  • Patent number: 7854689
    Abstract: An ice skating training device including an arcuate conveyor belt, the belt having a skateable surface; and a plurality of conical rollers supporting said arcuate conveyor belt, at least one of said frusticonical rollers being driven by a motor, ends of said rollers being mounted so that one end is vertically adjustable relative to the opposite end depending on the speed that the ice skater is going.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Blaylock
  • Publication number: 20100173273
    Abstract: A method and device are provided that allow a competent skier to train and/or assist a trainee downhill skier with the acquisition of basic downhill skiing techniques. The trainee skier is tethered to an uphill instructing skier by a pair of reins attached to the trainee at the ankles, ski tips, or to the ski tips via ski tip handles. The instructing skier has substantially independent control over each tethering point to assist or train the novice skier to execute turns, control speed, and promote proper balance and stance for the maneuver and terrain at hand. The method and device may also comprise the use of adjustable ski tip couplers that limit divergence, and optionally convergence, of the trainee's ski tips. Handicapped skiers may be assisted and guided in downhill skiing using this method and device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Sebastian Bilbao
  • Publication number: 20100167247
    Abstract: The invention relates to a unit for training in water-based traction board sports and for recreational purposes, formed by an essentially rectangular liquid-filled pool (1) comprising the following components arranged from one end of the pool to the other, namely: a liquid suction and backflow area (2), an area (3) in which a wave of the liquid is created and conditioned, a gliding area (4), and a liquid recovery area (5). The invention is suitable for use in training in water-based board sports and for recreational purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Frederic Beauchene
  • Patent number: 7744506
    Abstract: An exercise device for the crossover step, including an upper wheel supported, the upper wheel having a skating surface and being rotatable; a lower wheel joined to the upper wheel via a hub, the lower wheel having idler wheels supporting the upper wheel; upper legs and lower legs, the upper and lower legs being joined to the lower wheel; a track joined to the upper legs and lower legs, the track adapted to allow the upper wheel, lower wheel, upper legs and lower legs to be stored vertically against a wall and positioned for use adjacent a floor; and mechanism for controlled increase of simulated G-forces applied to a skater skating on the skating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Blaylock
  • Publication number: 20100112534
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable apparatus for training a user in increasing levels of skill, control and maneuverability of a board for a board sport. The portable apparatus comprises a foot placement mat and a support unit. The foot placement mat comprises multiple placement zones for indicating a first location for positioning a support unit and second locations for placing the user's feet. The support unit comprises laterally opposite support members and hand placement platforms. Each of the laterally opposite support members comprises an elongated section and a lower protruding section. The hand placement platforms are detachably attached to the elongated section or the lower protruding section of the laterally opposite support members for enabling placement of the user's hands in an elevated position or a lower position respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: James Humphrey Hubbard, Darci Ruth Raphael
  • Publication number: 20100105263
    Abstract: A water sport training device is disclosed comprising, in one embodiment, a raft having a distal nose portion and a proximal rear portion. A relatively rigid platform is positioned within the raft and configured to provide a stable surface for the person during use of the device. A tow rope attachment means is secured to the raft for selectively towing the device over a body of water, the attachment means comprising at least one tow rope attachment point located on the nose portion of the raft, below a nose portion mid-plane. The device is configured such that a back half of the device has a center buoyancy sufficient for providing a stable surface to support the weight of a person while floating on water both at standstill and as being pulled through the water as by a boat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Mary Louise Churchill, Robert Lee Churchill
  • Publication number: 20100078900
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for maneuvering a snowboard includes a removable strap that straps around a boot that attaches to a board. The removable strap includes an upper strap portion, a lower strap portion, and a securing strap portion. The securing strap portion is positioned under the boot and is attached to the lower strap portion. The lower strap portion is strapped to the boot and the upper strap portion is strapped above the lower strap portion. Attached to an outward facing section of the upper strap portion is a first handle which has a semi-rigid loop portion. By pulling the loop portion, an end section of the board may be maneuvered. Attached to an inward facing section of the lower strap portion is a second handle for assisting in stabilizing the board and used as leverage in pulling up into a standing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Kauanoe
  • Publication number: 20090111078
    Abstract: An assembly for the practice of a gliding, rolling, or walking sport, such as snowboarding, skateboarding, or a snowshoeing, for example, the assembly including a device for receiving a foot or a boot, as well as a board, the receiving device including a lateral longitudinal portion that extends from a first end to a second end, as well as a medial longitudinal portion that extends from a first end to a second end, the longitudinal portions being provided to be fixed to the board. The lateral longitudinal portion has a first slot toward the first end, as well as a second slot toward the second end; the medial longitudinal portion has a first slot toward the first end, as well as a second slot toward the second end, the slots being provided for the passage of members for fixing the receiving device to the board, each member being provided to cooperate with the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventor: Henri Rancon
  • Publication number: 20090111079
    Abstract: An assembly provided for the practice of a gliding, rolling, or walking sport, such as snowboarding, skateboarding, or snowshoeing, for example, the assembly including a device for receiving a foot or a boot, as well as a board. The assembly includes a system for marking the position of the receiving device with respect to the board (3), the marking system including a first marking arrangement associated with the receiving device, as well as a second marking arrangement associated with the board, the first and second marking arrangements being provided to cooperate with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventor: Henri RANCON
  • Patent number: 7470219
    Abstract: A training apparatus configured for skating-type sports whereon a user can perform training, exercising, strengthening and conditioning while wearing footgear designed for use in skating-type sports. The training apparatus comprises a pair of interconnected opposed matching elongate platforms extending backward and away from each other preferably at an angle equal to or less than 90°. Each platform is provided with an abrasion-resistant exercise surface assembly configured to slidingly communicate with and to controllably engage and disengage a user's footgear. Each platform is provided with a controllably pivotable and lockable foot stop assembly. The training apparatus is provided with an electronic device configured to measure, monitor, record and report at least one of a user's vital signs and a physical performance criterion associated with skating-type motions and activities. The training apparatus is optionally provided with a vertically adjustable knee brace apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Cadmar Larson
  • Publication number: 20080293023
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing sports instruction are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the method includes the steps of each of a plurality of instructors entering a name and one or more credentials into a server based data storage unit and each of the plurality of students selecting one of the plurality of instructors based on the one or more credentials. At a server, one or more uploaded files are received from each of the plurality of students and they are stored in the data storage unit. A selected one of the plurality of instructors reviews the uploaded files and provides instruction based on the uploaded files. The students can rate the instructors based on their experience. Other aspects of online sports instruction are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Glen M. Diehl, John F. Lynch, Daniel Bastone
  • Publication number: 20080174089
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for a collapsing approach ski for maneuvering over terrain in a climbing and sliding fashion, with a traction component operative below the sliding surface on the underside of the ski to facilitate climbing uphill without substantially interfering with sliding downhill. It combines the advantages of a snowshoe, including a large surface area, a toe cleat that claws into the terrain and a lifting of the front tip with each step, with the advantages of an approach ski, including a fibrous skin for added traction climbing uphill and an ability to slide down hill. A stretchable portion in the skin adjacent to a hinge in the ski permits the ski to be compactly collapsed without removing the skin, for easy packing and storage while not in use. For climbing up a steep incline, a removable fixed cleat provides added traction, and a heel riser reduces the strain on the lower leg and Achilles tendon region of the skier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Lane Ekberg
  • Patent number: 7402127
    Abstract: The present invention involves a method of securing an exercise device having an elongated base member with a linear track on a topside of the elongated base member to conventional exercise machine in order to exercise multiple muscle groups at once. A slidable body moves within the one or more linear tracks of the exercise device. The slidable body is attached to a pole to be gripped while exercising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: Peter A. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 7344377
    Abstract: A method, a system and a device used within such enhances the repeatability and overall performance of a person skiing through a water ski slalom course. The device is a series of markers positioned on the side of a ski boat which markings can be readily viewed by a skier being towed by the boat at a distance of up to about 100 feet. The method comprises having the skier noting the boat markings which the ski rope crosses as the skier begins a turn into the slalom course. Once a run of desired performance is obtained the skier can repeat that performance more readily by always beginning the initial turn into the slalom course based on the ski rope crossing the same marking on the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Mark Bozicevic
  • Patent number: 7198590
    Abstract: A ski training apparatus is provided that simulate movement similar to alpine skiing. A pivoting arm is mounted at the base of the front vertical post and carries a parallelogram linkage assembly, with two flanged wheels mounted on the linkage assembly. A guide swivel is mounted on the floor base underneath the flanged wheels. Two horizontal and parallel foot platforms are mounted on the linkage assembly for rocking motion about vertical parallel axes. The pivoting arm, foot platforms, flanged wheels and guiding swivel constitute a low friction mechanism that provides the compound motion similar to that of alpine skiing. A holding bar and a padded lower back rest will maintain the body properly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: John Nicholas
  • Patent number: 7137925
    Abstract: A device to assist a beginner in learning how to snowboard. The device connects to the top rear of the snowboard and consists of a base plate that connects to the snowboard, a rotational component that connects to the base plate and allows vertical and horizontal rotation, and a handle that connects to the rotational component on one end and is held by the instructor on the other end. The instructor skis behind the beginner and applies force to the handle which controls the speed, direction and edging of the snowboard, thereby assisting the beginner in learning how to snowboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rozycki, Jeff Thomas DeWeese
  • Patent number: 7115073
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus used to simulate skating or roller blading movement in a user includes a pair of sleds or shuttles which include a pedal adapted to support the foot of a user standing thereon. The shuttles are movable along a respective guide assembly consisting of one or more rails which curve away from each other extending from proximate forwardmost ends, outwardly and rearwardly. The rail assemblies are provided in a substantially mirror arrangement and curve downwardly from their respective forwardmost ends to a lowermost distal portion. A guide member is provided to assist in positioning and maintaining the shuttles in sliding movement along each guide assembly, whereby the reciprocal sliding movement of the shuttles along an associated guide assembly acts to guide the feet of the user in skating or roller blade movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Skatestrider Inc.
    Inventor: Nash Nizamuddin
  • Patent number: 6955634
    Abstract: A skiing exercise device includes a base frame having a front end portion with a pair of pivot poles disposed on opposite sides of a vertical plane. Each pivot pole has a pole axis inclining at an angle relative to the vertical plane. Each of two stepper members includes a foot support mounted on a supporting rod that extends from a pivot tube, which is sleeved rotatably on a respective pivot pole, in a longitudinal direction parallel to the vertical plane toward a rear end portion of the base frame, and a coupling flange extending from the pivot tube away from the vertical plane. A coupling unit includes a reel-mounting seat mounted on and movable in the longitudinal direction relative to the front end portion of the base frame, a reel mounted rotatably on the reel-mounting seat and disposed between the stepper members, and a cord wound on the reel and having opposite ends connected respectively to the coupling flanges of the stepper members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Shu-Chtung Lat
  • Publication number: 20040241631
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus used to simulate skating or roller blading movement in a user includes a pair of sleds or shuttles which include a pedal adapted to support the foot of a user standing thereon. The shuttles are movable along a respective guide assembly consisting of one or more rails which curve away from each other extending from proximate forwardmost ends, outwardly and rearwardly. The rail assemblies are provided in a substantially mirror arrangement and curve downwardly from their respective forwardmost ends to a lowermost distal portion. A guide member is provided to assist in positioning and maintaining the shuttles in sliding movement along each guide assembly, whereby the reciprocal sliding movement of the shuttles along an associated guide assembly acts to guide the feet of the user in skating or roller blade movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Nash Nizamuddin
  • Publication number: 20040242381
    Abstract: A laterally sliding exercise device includes a base with rails that receive a foot platform. The rails are supported by a center support member that can be adjusted up and down resulting in a change in elevation of first ends of the rails. The change in elevation of the rails changes the resistance of the exercise device. Rollers slidingly connect the foot platform to the rails during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Kim M. Parmater
  • Patent number: 6746248
    Abstract: The invention relates to body supports and teaching aids particular for use during skiing. Skiing to greater or to lesser degrees imposes strains on the muscles of the skier causing fatigue and encouraging a skier to adopt an incorrect stance or posture not conducive to good and correct skiing. The object of the invention is to provide a simple and effective body support and teaching aid that is effective during skiing and does not need to be removed during a temporary cessation of activity but allows substantial freedom of movement of the legs during walking and sitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Owen Eastwood
  • Publication number: 20030138762
    Abstract: The invention relates to body supports and teaching aids particular for use during skiing. Skiing to greater or to lesser degrees imposes strains on the muscles of the skier causing fatigue and encouraging a skier to adopt an incorrect stance or posture not conducive to good and correct skiing. The object of the invention is to provide a simple and effective body support and teaching aid that is effective during skiing and does not need to be removed during a temporary cessation of activity but allows substantial freedom of movement of the legs during walking and sitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Owen Eastwood
  • Patent number: 6592377
    Abstract: A snowboard teaching and recreational device by which an instructor may direct the movement, weight shift and control the center of gravity of the pupil. The device preferably uses two parallel tubes as a support frame, with two crossbars secured to the support frame and spaced handle grips on each crossbar. The instructor grasps one end of the support frame while the pupil grasps the opposite end, thereby allowing the instructor to direct the weight shift and movements of the pupil through use of the said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Karl J. Bendele, Jr.