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Skiing with a weak knee?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

This is my first post, although I've been lurking for a few weeks. Learned a lot of interesting (if not useful) stuff in the forum.

Anyway, here's my question. My brother is going to be skiing for the first time this season, but he kinda have a weak knee (he tweaked it over the summer playing tennis), so I'm just wondering what do you guys think would be easier on the knee: skiing or (god forbid) snowboarding? He's 5'10" and about 180 lbs. Thanks! [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #2 of 9
Snowboarding is easier on the knees but God gave us two legs for a reason. I messed up my left knee years ago running on concrete and the MD said stop it or I will cut. I stay out of parks and never go over big jumps elsewhere and manage to do just fine. If he doesn't mind being teased about not doing bumps, two planks can be a great way to go.
post #3 of 9
My left knee has been very messed up since high school, 30 years ago. I started skiing again last year. Yes, it hurt, but you learn to not go beyond what you can do. It snaps crackes, pops and grates like hell from the floters every now and then. But life goes on. I cycle, run and play tennis. It can be done. Haven't tried mogles yet, that for this year.
post #4 of 9
If he will be renting his equipment, why not try one day of skiing and one day of snowboarding? Or half a day / half a day? He will be able to feel for himself which one is going to be easier on his knee.
Another idea would be to look into some knee braces. I have seen them on some skiers but don't know much else about them.
My guess is that snowboarding may be easier for the gliding portion, but if he has to go a lot on flat terrain he'll have to take one foot out of the bindings and push with it while the other foot stays on the snowboard and the knee on that leg is kinda twisted (at least that was bothering me during my snowboarding experience...on the bunny hill)
post #5 of 9

First off welcome.

I would say just take it easy and listen to your body. (tell your brother anyway). I suspect boarding would be easier on the knees but harder on the back. I like the suggestion of trying both but my first hint, Make sure he pays attention to any pain/discomfort and stop. No need to be "macho" and tough it out. Then ice and ibuprofin at the end of the day.

For the record, I ski with weak knees.

Oh yeah, if he is a little over weight, losing a few pounds can make a big difference. I'm slowly dropping my weight. I hope to be in the 155 range by Ski season. I'm 5'8"
post #6 of 9
The learning progression between boarding and skiing are entirely opposite. Skiing is high, initially and then it goes shallow. Boarding is shallow initially and then it goes high. Assuming reasonable conditioning
and equip for both categoreies, newbie skiers with proper instruction will be able to use the lift and ski the greens in a few hours with reasonable control and few crashes. newbie boarders will have a rather dificult time achieving control and staying out of trouble. It may take a few days to do the greens and stay upright. During that period you`ll probably spend a lot of time on your butt, be prepared. When you can come down the greens with few falls you will progress rapidly, while skiers will reach their plateau and then have to work hard to get efficient. This is a very simplified explanation. Hope it helps. :
post #7 of 9

Up until about a little over a year ago I'd never had any knee problem the everything went wrong. I won't bore you with the details as I've been through it all here before. This year I'm going to ski on two very iffy knees. Fact is I'm almost sure I'll have to have the right one scoped right after the season. Doctor says alright but, as dchan says, "listen to your body". If he's just starting, have him stay within himself. Ski easy and don't push it. I think a person can spend the first season just working on mechanics and probably be better off than one who always pushes. I think you can get a real good foundation and never really have to chance pushing the knees.

On the other side I curious as to his age. Our kids snowboard and just watching them learn made me want to avoid it. I'll agree that snowboarding might be easier on your knees, especially if your pushing both, but, man, did they ever hit their head and back hard when learning. I'm too old for that.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Everyone, thanks for the advice.

It sounds like he should be able to do ok if he just takes it easy, so I'm going to tell him to ski and see how it goes.

post #9 of 9
Monoskiing, of course.
By far, the safest way for bad knees.
So obvious.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 30, 2001 03:15 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Jackdaw ]</font>
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