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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know of a brace or protective padding for shoulders? I have shredded a tendon in my shoulder, mostly from falling in the bumps over the years. I had rotator cuff surgery last summer (reattached a biceps tendon at the same time). The shoulder was not fully repairable, and I am concerned what one good fall could do to put my in pain for the rest of my life. It occurred to me that there may some protection I can use. Any suggestions (other than don't fall or don't ski) are welcome. LewBob

PS I know this could be in fitness and health, but they don't get as many viewers, and it is equipment I am looking for.
post #2 of 13
I'm thinking maybe something motocross related?
I know of it, but nothing about it nor about this particular web page (I just googled).
http://www.motoworldracing.com/EVS-2...race-SB02.html
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ghost. I will try to find out more about what this does. I don't know if it protects from impact, but this is a start. Afriend stopped by today with his new motorcycle and he was wearing a jacket with padding at all the impact points. I will check that out too. Maybe a combination of the 2. Also thought about football shoulder pads . Might be tough to find a jacket that would fit over it though. Thanks again. LewBob

PS I should have thought of motosports. I have been using a moto kidney belt for lower back support for years.
post #4 of 13
well how bad is it..i had rotator cuff and bicep surgery and was given ok 3 months after surgery"actually i gave ok doc said dont fall",,,the shoulder is not 100% still aches and lost some range of motion but i stopeped babying it after about 2 months on snow...now i had my surgery 9/02 and the only thing i screwed up was my other shoulder last spring ...did ski about 60 days this year on the new bad shoulder...i know if i do another shoulder first i will be under the knife real soon..
post #5 of 13

Shoulder injury

Either stay off the skiis or stop complaining. I injured my shoulder with a tear and I still feel it (along with all my other similar injuries) twenty years later. It took forever to heal. I re-injured it through use which set me back to ground zero. Do your Yoga and physical therapy.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Swifty, You sure have an edge to your delivery. You been takin' lessons from Gonzo?

I am not you. I had repeated tears to the supraspinatus (sp) tendon and it was so shredded that the doc could not do a good repair. I asked if anyone knew of ways to protect it. When I speak of pain, I am talking constant pain, not just some discomfort. I couldn't sleep because there was no way to get comfortable. My wife thinks maybe I should hang up the skis, but I have trouble accepting that. In the meantime I stay out of the bumps, where most of the injuries have occured and decided to search for possible protection.

If you don't have anything helpful to stay go to another thread. LewBob
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by LewBob
When I speak of pain, I am talking constant pain, not just some discomfort. I couldn't sleep because there was no way to get comfortable.
A couple of Oxycodone about 1/2 hour before bed should fix that right up.
I would also spend as much time strengthening the muscles in the area that are still attatched to something. It's a fine line between strengthening and damaging, I know, but that all you can do.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
You are right about the rehab. It still hurt bigtime after surgery, but as soon as I started to do the stretching (after 2 months in a sling) things got better. Before surgery I was a hurting puppy and nothing helped at night.

I took a fall a month ago skiing in low visibility, and of course I landed on the right shoulder. It is bothering me a little again, so I decided to start looking at prophylactic measures. I will coninue the weights and training, and a summer of not falling on it should should help it heal some more.

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? LewBob
post #9 of 13
Don't forget about hockey pads.
Oh and there's always this http://www.improb.com/news/2002/may/troy-new-suit.html
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
I'm thinking maybe something motocross related?
I know of it, but nothing about it nor about this particular web page (I just googled).
http://www.motoworldracing.com/EVS-2...race-SB02.html
exactly what I was going to suggest... I have a few friends who have chronic shoulder instability, and two of them use this neoprene wrap-style brace and both say it helps.

whether that's scientifically accurate I don't know but both are reluctant to try anything that jeopardizes the shoulder w/o that EVO wrap.

as to Ulmer's armour, I wear one of these when I do technical MTB riding in dangerous terrain: http://rockgardn.easystorecreator.co...parent_ids/0,1
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by LewBob
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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?

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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.

Bob
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Gonzo and Bob, thanks for the help. The supraspinatus tear have come from falling on the shoulder as I roll. I tore the biceps tendon last winter when I slipped on ice while carrying my skis. (It was snowing and I didn't see the ice under the snow). As I went forward the skis ripped my arm up and back and I went down hard. I don't know that I have fallen with my arm going out as Bob descibes.

Gonzo, that body armour is what I was thinking of. It looks like it has good padding in critical places.

Bob, the pictures of Kristen where from a ski mag. She was modeling the the padding that she wears when she is doing extreme skiing. No mention was made of her health problems. Thanks again. LewBob
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

shoulder protection

I found a source of body armour in the back of a ski magazine. With the shoulder injuries that Tsavo and Falline have received, they might be interested too. The shirts look like the ticket to fit under ski clothes. Lew

www.bohnski.com
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