I found this website and noticed that lots of you know about injuries and skiing! Just what I need as I seriously injured myself waterskiing back in april.
I have a serious hamstring rupture in the middle hamstring on my left leg (semitendinosus). I did it 6 months ago and am aware that it will take a year to 18 months to heal. I have been told by a surgeon that my leg willl never be the same again (part of the muscle has retracted up the leg and I know have a lump at the top of my thigh and weakness below). He told me I won't be able to ski to the same level - I work as a guide in the winter. I am terrified that this will be true although I am seeking a second opinion as he did not seem to know about surgery options which made me doubt his opinion. I live in the UK and there is a strong cost saving approach to medical care.
Anyway what I am really asking is - has anyone skied with this type of injury? I am spinning for 30mins 3-4 times a week, jogging on the machine for 10-20mins and some outside 3-4 times a week, although I can only run outside for about 3-4mins max in one go (it is very depressing), but intersperse this with power walking. I am doing strength training - hamstring curls, bridging, leg press, straight legged dead lifts, although cannot even manage one single leg bridge on the stability ball. I also practice yoga 5 times a week (but am very aware not to over stretch my injured leg so tend to always do bent leg stances). I feel that in many ways I am fitter than I have ever been as I am so worried about what is going to happen but the hamstrings are much longer and weaker in that leg now and with running the leg just becomes so tired (like a lead weight) that i can no longer pick it up and have to stop (no real pain).
What will skiing off piste be like - this is my passion. I have been practicing jumping squats and trying to imagine what it will be like - it does not feel too bad. Could his prognosis be right? He said I would be likely to only get 60-70% of my original legs strength back.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated