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skiing with a hand cast (torn ligament in thumb)

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, 


I tore a ligament in my thumb after falling off my snowboard Saturday. Now I'm in a cast. No pain anywhere. The cast is to keep the thumb close to the index finger to keep the ligament from stretching long.




I'm scheduled to teach skiing this coming Fri/Sat/Sun. With the cast in the shape it is, I'm thinking I could, in theory, ski and teach. But no bumps, off piste, glades... (sounding a bit boring...)


I'm highly unlikely to fall on it since I rarely fall while skiing. And even if I did, there's a honking cast to protect it. The trip is also paid for, and it's one of the few occasions I'd have to ski outside of Ontario this season. 


So what would you guys do? 

post #2 of 14


Go anyway.

Ditch the poles; teach without them.
Students can learn lots without poles.

Consider having them ditch theirs too for part of the time.

post #3 of 14

Ski/teach. The biggest problem is going to be how to cover it so it is warm and protected from moisture.

post #4 of 14

There are products designed to keep a cast dry.  For instance:




A friend of mine used one for a trip to the beach one summer when her daughter had cast on her arm.

post #5 of 14

Metaphor, I just want to point out that you are already down a joint (the wrist), so if for some reason you WOULD happen to fall (perhaps a boarder hits you. . . . wait, did I say that? ) you would have to think pretty quickly and try to roll or land on another joint, because if you think you are going to catch yourself with your hand, instead of your wrist bending you'll be bending (either one way or the other) those nice four un-covered fingers. . . . So if you are going to do it, be very careful.


Maybe you could get them to cast up the whole hand. . . and arm . . .hee hee! Not that the shoulder would like that. . . .


You can look at drycast.com. . . . but I'm not making any activity recommendations (but it will help you with bathing!).


Good luck, and sorry that that happened to you!!! Hope you heal fast!



post #6 of 14

Skied with a very similar looking cast the last time I broke my wrist.  No problem, just ditch the poles.   Go ahead and ski; ski bumps, trees, whatever.  Just remember to fall on the other side if you have to "ake one for the team".  If it's fibreglass, I wouldn't worry too much about getting it wet.  If you're lucky you might even be able to fit it in the sleeve of your ski jacket.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the ideas all. I saw the surgeon yesterday, and he told me that until it stops swelling, if I elevated my heart rate, I would double the healing time :( so I'm skipping the trip (and losing my money...). I may ski next week though. 

post #8 of 14
You might want to check with your employer about liability if you hurt the arm. You would not be allowed to teach where I work.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks Kneale. Volunteer ski club; they suggested if I feel I can teach, I'd be welcome to. By the same token, I'm liable for the cost of the trip that I didn't teach on.

post #10 of 14

super late but in those cases consider ditching the cast for a thumb splint such as this http://www.pattersonmedical.com/app.aspx?cmd=getProduct&key=IF_921028851
you want something as streamlined as possible so that you can still wear your base layers, jacket, and gloves without sacrificing stability and protection.

post #11 of 14

Metaphor, you healing well?

post #12 of 14

I skied with a sprained thumb, actually competed in aerials but not bumps the day after I did it... no pole plant on that side would have scored terrible in moguls hahaha.  But, I just had the splint, no full cast.  I also worked/taught shortly after it happened but it wasn't that bad.  After a few days I could fake it with a light pole plants and still help little kids back up to their skis so it wasn't that much of a handicap.  Did aggravate it a couple times though.  I think in a cast like that I'd have trouble carrying around little kids, helping noobs back up, skiing backwards holding their tips, etc.  I'd TOATLLY ski though but take it VERY easy.

post #13 of 14

Late response.


First mistake was using a snowboard ;).


It's up to you and your doctor were you two reach an agreement as to what is good or not.


Second mistake was admitting it was done on a snowboard :D.


Hope it heels well.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Sorry for not checking in here... 


It's still healing. I've skied from late March onward, and I'm currently allowed to ski with poles. Skiing with an aggressive pole plant (eg bumps/steeps) aggravates it so I've mostly stuck to groomers with occasional training runs in bumps, but I've got pole straps removed to prevent any re-tearing.


oldschoolskier, you're right... funnily enough, it happened right after I won second place for our club in an inter-club race (on skis)... d'oh. the moral of the story is: don't snowboard

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