Originally Posted by LewBob
But, the subject was how to protect it. Did you ever see the article Kristin Ulmer did where she was photographed wearing all of the body armour and padding that extreme skiers used? Hips, shoulders, ribs; everything was protected. Maybe I should call her for advice.
Anybody got her number?
I haven't seen that that photo, but it may have been taken during the period when she was trying to avoid an injury, cut, or bruising of *any* kind because she had been diagnosed with a serious blood clot in one of her major veins. This was about three years ago, I think.
She was taking coumadin (anitcoagulant) and - if I recall correctly - was basically ignoring her doctor's recommendation not to ski. She needed to ski because that's her profession, but it was a very dangerous thing to do. She was told not to ski because any injury at all can be extremely serious or fatal for someone on coumadin:
"You must take utmost care to avoid injury while using this medication. Avoid cutting yourself, shaving with a razor, or using a hard toothbrush. Avoid contact sports or other high risk activities, and report any falls or blows (especially head injuries) to your doctor. Serious internal bleeding could occur without your knowledge."
Anyway, back to your situation...
It would seem like body armor or padding would work as protection against *impact* to the shoulder, but what can you do about a situation where you fall on an outstretched arm? Wouldn't the risk of tearing or stretching that shoulder be pretty serious in a fall like that? My meager understanding of the things that cause permanent shoulder damage would indicate that falls in which the arm acts as a lever against the joint might be much more dangerous than the more common direct impact.
I can certainly understand your desire to find a way to protect the shoulder and keep skiing, so I wish you luck. I'm just trying to suggest something else to consider.
Good luck with it.