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I'm the person with the first ACL tear on a Knee Binding

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I am sad to report I'm either the first or one of the first to have an ACL injury with a Knee Binding. I was an earlier adopter and starting skiing on them 4 years ago, and put a second pair on my new Blizzard Black Pearl's. I bought them as a preventative measure since I've had so many friends get knee injuries, so this is my first knee injury. I have been generally happy with them and haven't had any prereleases, and they have released when I've had a couple of those slow rearward rotational falls. I'm at a higher risk than the average bear because my joints are hypermobile, and I was also taking a prescription medication that may have slightly increased my chances of an ACL injury, unbeknownst to me at the time. So, I wouldn't make or break your opinion of the knee bindings on my story.

The details: The injury happened Feb 22 in the mid sized terrain park at Alpine Meadows. I was feeling very fine on my new Black Pearl birthday skis. Although I prefer to ski off the groomers, my daughter wanted to ski the new mid size terrain park so we had been playing around there hopping off the smaller jumps. One of the jumps dropped off more quickly than I had realized, ! I caught some air and landed in a flexed position overweighted on my left leg. I don't know if the injury occurred on impact or as I twisted, and I'm not sure if I fell rearward or forward as I rotated over my left side. The first MRI report said full tear, but a more detailed MRI came back as high grade partial tear, read by the doctor as probably 40-50 % damaged. I have a very tiny contusion of the lateral meniscus, and a moderate contusion of the tibia. Everything else in the knee is fine. It hurt on impact, but I got up and it seemed stable, so I kept skiing. I have very strong quads and hamstrings from my other sports, so I've been able to keep walking around without crutches, although going downhill feels funny. I prefer to ski black slopes at Squaw and Alpine (although I think I'll stay out of the trauma park after this), and i also compete in three day eventing with horses. I'm not sure yet if I'll need surgery if I want to return to the same level of activities. The first surgeon wanted to book me right away, but I would like to meet a few more and give it a few weeks of physical therapy.
post #2 of 6

Sorry to hear about the mid-season injury to your knee and wish you a complete recovery.  Nothing is 100%, and perhaps, the good news is you don't have a complete tear and recovery should be easier. 

 

Let me know if you want to move this to the Fitness, Injury and Recovery forum.  I can just imagine the debate this will open up as a gear issue.

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

Sorry to hear about the mid-season injury to your knee and wish you a complete recovery.  Nothing is 100%, and perhaps, the good news is you don't have a complete tear and recovery should be easier. 

 

Let me know if you want to move this to the Fitness, Injury and Recovery forum.  I can just imagine the debate this will open up as a gear issue.

 

Likewise, hoping for an expedient recovery. As much as KB threads blow up I can't believe this hasn't hit 100 posts in the first 24 hours. 

post #4 of 6

Valli,

 

That blows.  Sorry about your injury.  I've torn my ACL and I bought KBs the following season.  I'm pretty impressed you're walking around right away.  My knee was so swollen I spent pretty much 3 days on the couch only getting up on crutches for the restroom and bed.  I became addicted to ice packs.  Hope you heal quickly and well.

 

The issue with your joints and the medication aside; someone was going to blow a knee on these things eventually.  I'm still praying that they mitigate the risk.  Hopefully the thread doesn't go into a death spiral.

post #5 of 6

Bummer, but nothing is certain, only added help.... 

post #6 of 6

Not exactley the distinction you want.

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