Originally Posted by snowidow
I had an ACL reconstruction last Feb, and would like to try to start this season with a private lesson. Is there any type of certification I can look for in an instructor that would make him/her better qualified to coach someone back after injury? Any other advice on finding a good post-op instructor?
I can relate to this. I speared my front leg with a jagged tree stump at Steamboat and took out my ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus in one fell swoop. It took me two years of very painful surgery and physical therapy to get my front/left knee back. I stayed away from snowboarding and skiing for a few years after that too. There was some real mental terror before getting back on a board. Going the private lesson route is the way to go. I consulted with a ski school supervisor at Snowmass when I finally decided to conquer the fear. There is no certification for this but if you can find an instructor that has had to deal with this injury themself, they are the one to get you back on your skis and know what your concerns are. The Snowmass supervisor tracked down a previously injured instructor who dealt with previously injured snowboarders and got me back on my board. I was so grateful, I took up snowboard instruction. I can't thank that instructor at Snowmass enough. I would call the Ski School where you are planning on going and explain what you are looking for. They should be able to set you up.