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post #61 of 66
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I showed my knee surgeon this article today after questioning him about it. He said, once again, "No such thing exists." (Read: hype)

He's a good guy and an honest surgeon. I trust his opinion.
post #62 of 66
Good luck! I'm just 18 and I broke my leg by skiing when I was 14. This made me enjoy all sorts of sports - Of course I'm not marked by it anymore, but it was shocking at that age
post #63 of 66

I'll be back...

First thing I thought of this August when I blew out my knee during a football game: "damn there goes my ski season..".

I will be having ACL,MCL, Minuscus reconstruction this November. Dr. says its a year rehab. I have made it my goal to be back on the slopes by January 2009. To celebrate my acheivement I will be taking a trip to Steamboat or Breckinridge!

Its going to take a lot of hard work, but im gonna keep my trip in my sights and use that as motivation!

This ski season is gonna be tough, watching everyone skiing (you can see Granite Peak {mid WI ski area, best in midwest} from my office window); but i'll endure.

To the poster who said Skiing touches his soul: I couldn't agree more. My wife asks me why I want to spend the money to go to CO skiing when I can ski right by my house. Besides the obvious reason of Granite Peak is a hill, not a mountain, it is impossible to describe to her what it is like to stand on top of that mountain, and look down over the Rockies....my Soul does indeed stur.
post #64 of 66
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Nancie2k, I'm sorry that you didn't get a better prognosis, after what you've been through. I think this is the article:


I hope it works out for you.

thanks for the link!!!
post #65 of 66
Never say never.

There have, of course, been a number of racers who have recovered from extensive injuries and gone on to race again.

Many (many, many) years ago, a friend of mine blew out a knee when he hit a gate. He returned to skiing in two weeks...on one ski. He skied the rest of the season that way.

I know people who ski totally blind, visually impaired, one foot amputated, post-polio, diabetic, etc. I have a number of friends who ski bumps at advanced ages (over 70).

There are reasons to give up skiing, but not as many as most people might think.

Most ski schools probably have instructors who ski with injuries or physical disabilities of various kinds. One good friend achieved his L3 after his below-knee amputation. Another underwent a 2-year-plus recovery period to ski on a high-tech grow-in (as opposed to glue-in) hip replacement. Today, he skis far better than I ever will.

I have broken a number of bones. I was back on skis 4.5 weeks after breaking my clavicle (collarbone). I went to the ortho (a skier himself) for the 7 week follow-up. He said, "It looks like it's throwing down some material and will heal successfully. I'll release you for skiing, but you have to be careful not to fall on that side." I told him I'd been skiing for two weeks already, and he just grinned and said, "Well, I guess you didn't fall on that side."

I broke my back in late July, 2001. I watched the World Trade Center towers fall while wearing an expensive upper body orthotic. I was skiing by Christmas (carefully, again), somewhat to the dismay of my PT.

I have been a Type 1 diabetic for over 30 years.

Learn to ski well and in balance. It's easier on your joints and reduces the probability of re-injuring yourself. When you're balanced, your quads don't scream halfway down a bump run. When you're balanced, your knees won't hurt as much. Maybe they won't hurt at all. Your back won't hurt as much, and maybe it won't hurt at all.

Accurate dynamic balance will allow you to ski longer every day, and it will allow you to continue skiing difficult terrain as you grow older. It will help you ski more easily and in less pain, despite the problems your body has or may develop.

So, build on what you can do, listen to what your body tells you, and balance well for effectiveness in your skiing and to reduce pain.

Never say never.
post #66 of 66

I was staying away from this thread since it was limited to one page, and wondering when someone was going to mention adaptive skiing. I think a lot of posters here have a way too narrow definition of skiing. Believe me, if I should ever be unable to ski two-tracked, I'd find some way to ski, even if it was in a sled with one person on the handles and one on the leash. Spend some time with people who say, "I'd thought I'd never be physically able to ski," That gives you some real perspective.
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