Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
I can understand a surgeon dismissing the use of glucosamine; it takes business away from them!
Actually, any decent orthopeadic surgeon will devote considerable energy to avoiding performing surgery.
I'm 55; I've broken a clavicle (skiing); T4 (not skiing); and wrist (slipped on pickup tailgate while wearing ski boots after a wonderful out-of-bounds run). In each case, the ortho recommended waiting to see if surgery could be avoided. In each case, surgery was avoided.
I do not use glucosamine or any related products. I occasionally use a dose of a NSAID, but not often. I do not confine myself to groomers.
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I know many skiers over 55. I know several who are well past 70. Some were even Ancient and Feeble (i.e., over 30) when they started. The rules are the same as for anyone else, of any age:
- It helps to be in good physical condition (although "good" is a relative term).
- You must actually want to do it, rather than just going along because someone else wants to do it.
If you are blessed with those two items, the rest will come. You will be motivated to take lessons and have fun. You will find instructors that you like. You will ski more often. You will make the time. You will seek out equipment that works well for you. You will learn what terrain you most enjoy. You will learn - because you want to.