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I started skiing at 45. Between the ages of 48 and 51, I tore my left ACL, meniscus and mcl, 2 years later my right rotator cuff, and the next year my right ACL, lcl, and mcl. Three surgeries in four years. None of them easy to come back from full force when you the tender young age of old enough to be you dad. I coach kids each weekend. I race beer league and NASTAR and I ski about 60 days a season. Many of my ski days are training to be a better skier and includes bumps.

I still don't have an ACL on the left side because of complications during the surgery. I like to ski fast and I ski all day. I'm not limited by my previous injuries and in fact, because of them, I'm in better shape now than I was then.

Maybe you have to loose another season. So what? Your 19 and as I stated, except for a couple school trips in HS, I didn't start until I was 45 and I'm loving it.

One other thing I would like to point out, is a conversation I had with my surgeon about my ACL surgeries and which type to have. I was discussing the odds of it happening again, which type is stronger (cadaver, auto, hamstring etc) and things like that. He said there are all types of numbers being interpreted different ways, like young men were more likely to reinjure themselves where as older men were not. The arguments are whether it is because old men give up the sport that caused it or young men continue to do the sport aggressively and take chances. Or is it because old men recover slower, follow their pt more religiously and came back to the sport slower and young men don't give their body long enough to heal properly.

No one is really sure. I do think that what has helped me avoid re-injury (knock on wood) is that I constantly work at it; physically so I'm strong enough to not get re-injured due to fatigue, I work at ROM and flexibility so they aren't the cause, and I work even more on technique so I'm less likely to be in a situation I can't handle.

In the medical world, no one is surprised you re-injured yourself. They sort of expected it. I don't remember the exact percentage but it was something lbetween 30% to 50% of young men (under 34 I think) re-injure themselves (retear the ACL or tear the other ACL).

As far as weight gain due to inactivity. Sounds like you remained active with at least one activity - eating. Maybe cut back on that some. tongue.gif

You don't need to be completely inactive either. You have to be careful and follow instructions from the Surgeon and physical therapist, but your upper body wasn't injured and your other leg is still good. Don't look for things you can't do but what you can.

Have fun,
post #32 of 32
Originally Posted by fabienzan View Post

I agree with Bbinder. I am 43 and going for knee reco . I have ACL tear and meniscus damage on both meniscus (lateral looks like it won't get touched) but the medial is on the posterior horn and is likely to be trimmed at my age and that is a big issue specially for skiing as I believe it is a root tear (common in ACL injury).

I think my sking time is over , I am not advanced so I cruise the blue runs. My health is more important so.

What type of knee injury have you got BBinder and when ? I have to say I am scared about the prospect of getting a knee replacement in few years time.

Wow, talk about TBT!


OK -- Partial ACL tear in my twenties - left knee; partial MCL tears bilateral in my twenties; horizontal meniscus tear right knee in my fifties.  No surgery.  After the meniscus tear, which was in August, I had an MRI and the report went on for a page and a half and looks like a who's who of knee injuries.  I already had OA in both knees -- I went to an arthritis specialist who read the report and was ready to send me for a TKR.  I went to surgeon next and told him that I need to ski that winter at any cost -- we decided to wait and see if I was able to ski.  When I went back to him in the spring, he asked me how the ski season went.  I told him that I skied my usual bumps and trees and chutes.  He smiled and asked me what I was doing in his office.  I explained that I was looking to decrease the noise my knees made and to make them pain free.  He informed me that surgery would not alleviate these symptoms.  We shook hands and I haven't seen him since.  That was four years ago.  I continue to ski and run and bicycle and constantly do exercises that work for me to keep my knees strong.  I take ibuprofen occasionally, and last winter wore cw-x tights which alleviated some fatigue.  A big reason that I continue to ski as much as I do is that I went on a personal campaign 10 years ago to improve the efficiency with which I ski.  The newer equipment helps as well.  I will be 61 in 3 weeks and plan on 3 trips to ski out west this winter.


My wife, who is slightly older than I am tore an ACL 10 years ago and had a cadaver repair -- she also continues to ski and challenge herself on the mountain.  In fact, she injured the same leg 3 years ago with a tibeal plateau fracture that left the ACL repai totally intact.


So, do what you need to do to get healthy, have a good attitude, and if you want to ski you will...


Good luck!

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