I saw the other ACL thread and given its age and length thought I'd start a new one.
I blew out my left knee October 9, 2011, playing lacrosse on artificial turf. I'm 43. Torn ACL, damaged both menicus, strained MCL, bone bruises. Bad injury. Surgery 9 days later with hamstring graft (from left leg). Fortunate in that I've had very little pain, but recovery has been somewhat slow in that it is was a particularly bad knee injury and it took me a couple weeks to get off crutches (knee collapsed about an hour after original injury when changing out of athletic shorts, which left me tentative in putting weight back on it).
I've had a good PT and been diligent about my exercises (I have about 8-9 I do 2x a day). Walking fine now with brace (unlocked) and was at 129 degree ROM yesterday. It is obvious to me that rehab varies dramatically by person, depending on their injury and protocol. I'm amazed at some of the fast recoveries I see on youtube or read about, but feel confident I couldn't have pushed rehab harder and haven't been lazy about my exercises (again, was slow getting off crutches, but knew that would happen given the collapse).
My main goal is total functionality for 2013 skiing. It's my favorite lifelong hobby and passion. I feel somewhat fortunate that my injury didn't occur skiing, so hopefully I'll worry about it less when I hit the slopes, but I do want to rehab in the best way possible for that long-term goal. I love moguls and powder and the steeps and tree skiing. I'm generally a pretty good skiier, but my fundamentals aren't that great, so my form can degrade when I get tired or am in tough terrain or heavy crud - which I know is exactly where my risk of injury shoots up!
Anyway, I'd love to hear some advice on rehab and people's favorite exercises as they looked to return to skiing from an ACL injury. I want to find the silver lining in all this and stop taking the body for granted and return stronger than ever.
Thanks in advance.