Superstition. For the past 5 months, I have been working around many
superstitious people. I thought superstition was put in the grave along
with the Salem Witch Trials. Apparently not, so lets bury it now.
In the skiing and snowboarding community, calling ‘last run’ is
taboo. If even the words ‘one more’ leak out of a rider’s mouth, he/she
is quickly corrected by other riders in the group. Often a few stories
of last run injuries follow and everyone agrees that saying ‘last run’
must be bad luck.
While I do not believe that calling ‘last run’ is bad luck, I think
a study of skiing injuries would show a slightly higher rate of injury
on the last run among advanced riders. I distinguish advanced riders
because many of the following factors do not apply to beginner riders.
If you are really focused on making it down the hill, you cannot day
dream about dinner while you are riding, for example.
The placebo effect
can work in a negative manner as well. If you think you are more likely
to be injured because you had called ‘last run’, you probably will be....
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