I shattered my femur skiing 2 years ago. I will admit I was not a good skier, I couldn't do the turns very well so I would just ski straight down, what a rush it was, that is until I hit an edge and was sent into a wooden post resulting in a shattered femur. That was the most intense pain I have ever felt. I now am the proud owner of a metal rod in my leg and a few screws. The recovery was hell, I am not a person that is still for long so being laid up was awful. It took a long time to recover. I was given the go ahead this past July to finally start working out and start rebuilding my strength and the ok to ski again if I wanted to. This time around I am taking my time learning the ropes right from the begining, I am working in my turns and not doing to bad now. I am only on the green hills because I am concentrating on getting the turning and stopping down pat, being in control of my skiing. I last about 1 1/2 hours on the slopes right now before my muscles in my leg start to get sore and feel weak. It is frustrating as I still have a ways to go before my leg is strong again but I am determined. Fmail and friends think i am nuts after what happened to ski again but I do love it, never will I bomb staright down the hills again straight like a speed demon but love the feel of skiing down the slopes, being outside and the great exercise.
Has anyone else gone back to skiing after a femur break and how long did it take to get all the strength back again?
any great tips for exercises, I am doing a lot of squats and leg lifts with weights right now. The break has healed around the IM rod but there is some bone missing right where I shattered it which if after 2 years hasn't grown back I doubt it ever will, there is a space in the bone.
The first time back skiing this year since I did it I was terrified and I only hit the bunny hills LOL but doing better not so nervous now but I do worry about falling as my leg still hurts right at the spot where I shattered it if it is hit or bumped. The fear I have now is about falling and it hurting. I got over being scared of the snow fence posts which is what I hit by skiing to them slowly as I practise my turns and knowing never again do I want to meet up with one. Those suckers are the same size as the posts I have on my deck. In all I push through the fear and nerves and keep focused on learning the finer points of skiing and as they say getting right back on the horse that threw me off.
Happy ski season!!!