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Recovering from Injury

post #1 of 6
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And I don't mean physically.

When I was 12, I feel and hit my head on a chunk of ice that a snow maker hand left behind. No helmet. Knocked me out totally cold. The ski patrol rushed me to the small local hospital, where they took a scan of my head. The ER doctor took one look at it, and had me air lifted from that hospital to one of the biggest hospitals in the state, about 110 miles away.

I'd put 5 separate cracks in my skull, as well as giving myself a serious concussion. I was CAT scanned 4 times a day, at least, to make sure the blood that was bleeding inside my head wasn't crushing my brain. 3 weeks in intensive care followed.

I stopped skiing for over 4 years. I am just now, 8 years (and four seasons of skiing) beginning to feel confident again. Just now beginning to not constantly falling.

I'm sure most of us, if not all, have suffered an injury that couldn't be fixed with ibuprofen and icy-hot.

How long did it take you to get over it?

A friend of mine put it best once. She took a pretty good spill, hard enough to hurt without any lasting damage. For a time after that, she skied like someone with far less ability. She described it as "losing her skiing mojo."

So what did, or do, you do to get your mojo back?
post #2 of 6
It seems you're already doing it: You're gaining confidence through continued practice.

As you ski better, with more confidence, you lose some of the fear that you may duplicate the injury, and with reduced fear of serious injury, comes that 'high' feeling of having your mojo working again.:
post #3 of 6
I'll let you know. Skied a month this year before I felt like I had my first day "skiing" instead of "trying to ski". Then visited the "scene of the crime". Big mistake. I can't say that anything "came back" to me, in fact it resulted in me realizing that what I thought happened didn't happen as I went with my companion at the time of the accident. I apparently could have been going faster than I recalled, based on the fact that we had stopped and talked farther up the hill than I thought. Got a look at the tree and a pile of logs that I had gone into and over and realized I should be dead. Got dizzy and nauseous and had to leave.
post #4 of 6
Dislocated shoulder February 2007 while racing GS. Got back in the saddle last week, no real issue. This weekend training GS both days and got a little late a couple times and thought WHOA.. but nothing that made me stop and think about it. Keep plugging away at it a little at a time, build your confidence slowly and have fun!
post #5 of 6
Definitely wear a helmet, and possibly other protective gear like a spine pad.

Ski in control and within your comfort level on suitable terrain, slower on more difficult terrain. Put in lots of mileage.

Take some ski lessons. This will improve your ski technique and build confidence.

Watch out for trees!
post #6 of 6
I have survived a skiing induced head injury, along with others involving knees and shoulders over the past 17yrs. I wouldn't necessarily group head injuries with joint injuries as far as recoveries are concerned. Ligament injuries involving loss of stability, surgery, and/or rehab have affected my "mojo" much more than the life threatening head injury (ironic, isn't it?).

Each ligament injury has been in the back of my mind while skiing until I've recovered enough from it to be pain free. After that, it never crosses my mind on the slopes. Conversly, I only worried about the head injury until the first time I fell after returning to the slopes (which thankfully was my second day back).

With all my injuries, I have analyzed what went wrong and what I should do next time to prevent that outcome. I have always returned to the scenes of my injuries as soon as I was able so that I could ski the section again without falling and cure any lingering "demons" I had about that day.

Skiing is a dangerous sport. But for me the joy I experience on the slopes outweighs the risks.

As usual, your results may vary. I hope everyone gets back to "normal" and has a great time out there on the slopes.

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