It's Day 3 since I tore my ACL and fractured my tibial plateau, and I have been powering through as many posts in the FIR section as possible. While the experience sucks, the huge amount of information I've taken from this forum has been helpful beyond words. In fact, there is so much information packed into the FIR board on ACL injuries, it's a bit overwhelming and reminds me of the internet saying about sipping from the fire hydrant. Given that Epic Ski has a wiki section, and given that there's always a fresh crop of ACL victims coming to the FIR board for information, I wonder whether the best way to capture and serve up all of this information is to create an ACL injury wiki, by skiers for skiers.
The point of the wiki would not be to offer medical advice, of course, but it would be a great resource designed to guide each person through the process from the initial treatment ownard, with a combination of objective information and testimonials from members who have lived through it. It could even have a glossary for all of the many terms (autograft, allograft, patellar, ACL, MCL, effusion, MRI, etc), and a list of links to outside sites which are considered, in the collective wisdom of the group, to be helpful and appropriate. There could be different sections for "the first 7 days", pre-op phase, post-op, braces, the various procedures available, etc.
I think there is an opportunity to create an extremely valuable resource about ACL injuries that is created by and for skiers. Does anyone think an ACL wiki would be helpful? Or, a less ambitious project would be a “sticky” thread which is a clearing house for the information most often sought. I am happy to dedicate whatever time I can to the project, some of which I will be doing in any event as I educate myself as part of my own recovery.