I had a full patella tendon rupturre to my left knee 3 1/2 years ago. This resulted from the compression of landing off of a 4 ft. drop on a GS course. The patella tendon was likely weakened from years of long distance running and about five years of chronic tendonitis in the tendon. I had surgery three days later, full rehab and ten months later was skiing again and within two months was able to push speed and make fairly aggressive turns on steep slopes in New Hampshire and Vermont. The following winter (last year) I had a great season of non competitive skiing and skied very hard and aggressively with no issues. I foam roll the side ligaments of my left leg to reduce some tightening of the ligaments but no pain or mechanical issues with the knee. I am contemplating returning to competitive ski racing at both the beer league and USSA Masters level and would like to know if there is any information out there on skiers who have gone back to racing after a full patella rupture and what the experience has been. I plan to limit my races to only slalom so I avoid the jumps in the GS courses. I am meeting with my orthopedic surgeon this week to discuss the idea with him and get his input
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. If any skiers are going through a patella recovery I am happy to share my experience or insight.