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post #91 of 118
Simultaneous bi lateral quad tendon ruptures. 2011

Haven't been on here in a while. Just wanted anyone out there who was injured as I that there is hope. Do not give up. Seriously. ūüėäūüėä
post #92 of 118

Never give up, never surrender! ;) 

 

The usual shoulder, wrist, finger knee, head stuff, plus .....

 

fell in fresh snow on the side of an avalanche path, thinking it was clear - turns out it wasn't. Caught a stump on my hip bone, result was ruptured small  intestine and devascularized large. Bit of a close one, being 2 hours from the road. Barely scratched the skin, though!

post #93 of 118

Mostly pretty minor stuff. 

 

When I was 16, I decided hitting a 12' to flat cliff would be a good idea. I had hit the same small cliff on a powder day, but thought nothing of the ramifications of a hard snow landing. I sent my knee through my goggles hard enough to pop my hat straight off my head. The goggles fractured and I had cuts on my face and a serious black eye. 

 

At 21, I was back on skis for the first time since a very traumatic knee injury with a lot of cartilage damage. At Taos. I found my ski boots, which had sat unused for about a year and a half, were totally unsuitable. They never really fit well to begin with (too large, as I understand know) and I couldn't do more than two runs without massive foot cramps trying to be ginger with the bad knee. I was also on 205 straight skis (this was early in the shaped ski era) and I couldn't really move that size ski with the bad knee anymore. So, I decided I needed to stop skiing. I came down at lunch and met my dad, who convinced me that his boots were super comfy and I would do better on his skis (185). We had the same shoe size and general shape of foot. I got talked into it and swapped boots and skis. Somehow I managed to ski down from chair 1 to 2, and went to the top of the mountain. I started down Bambi, made two turns, and popped straight out of the binding on the bad knee side- went down hard. I got myself back up, clicked in, made two turns, and popped straight out and went down hard- and this time my knee is done in and won't take weight. I find that the toe of the binding on my fathers skis is so loose it will move 3/8" in any direction. There is pretty much zero chance that my father could have skied those skis, which means when I met him at lunch, he probably hadn't actually done any skiing despite his claims of how awesome Taos was. I needed a toboggan ride down from within view of the top of chair 2 all the way to the base. 

 

At 29, I was skiing a 18" powder day at Monarch. Given that it was a powder day (and COLD) I got my gear on and got on the lift as fast as possible, and charged right into it. Around the 4th turn, A muscle in my back running vertical right along my spine just tears open. I'm standing locked up groaning in serious pain and stood that way for about 15 minutes. It slowly begins to loosen up, and I can find that I have a normal range of motion, but with a ton of pain, I decide to keep skiing. I made it 6 hours before having a friend who hadn't driven a stickshift in years drove me home while I laid in the wagon area of my Subaru Outback. I went to bed with a broom next to the bed, and yeah, I needed that broom for several days. 

 

31, I was asked by some visitors to lead them into Deception, a line buried pretty far into the trees at Sunlight. I did so, and managed to plug a rock that was invisible from above HARD that took me into a uncontrolled rotation fall. I came down on a shoulder hard bounced off, came down on a leg with that sickening twisting pressure  "I'm going to spiral fracture my leg" feeling right before the binding popped, then the other shoulder, then the other leg. I ended up with two separated shoulders and couldn't lift my hands to my head for several days. I don't know if the guys that asked me to lead them in were terribly impressed as they scooped up all of my gear scattered across almost 100 yards from the point of fall to where I stopped. I did manage to ski my way back to the base.

 

Last year, I took a nightime powder day at Hesperus. I hit something buried under the snow and took a ROCKING fall at speed. My leg hurt pretty bad,. I could put weight on it, but when I made the mistake of trying to click in, the wave of pain that hit was so severe I almost vomited. Hence, the following toboggan ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fear was a fib fracture at the boot top. I couldn't walk the next day, but no fracture, just a bad bone bruise. Amazingly for the level of pain, I was able to ski on it a week later. As far as the pictures, I thought I was turning the camera off when patrol got there, but I was really turning it on. I do think they look pretty cool.

 

All told, I feel pretty good that I haven't had anything that wouldn't heal given time...

post #94 of 118

I compressed T3, T4 vertebrae in 1977 along with breaking a few teeth when I crashed racing DH in '77. I was also unconscious for an unknown time (many minutes at least).

 

771200 Tignes on course.jpg

Before by about 2 weeks. Tignes, FR

 

Val Gardena - on the hill.jpg

After. Val Gardena, IT. Note the missing piece of fiberglass in the Bell motorcycle helmet (gray spot about 4 inches from front edge)

 

(l to r) unknown course worker, Pat Bauman (USST coach and K2 ski porn star), (kneeling) Duane Messner (team ortho), Ismael Prieto(?) aka Pepo (Rossi ski tech)

 

Val Gardena - in helicopter.jpg

In the helicopter on the way to Merano

 

Val Gardena - traction.jpg

 

A number of years later (1985ish) I tore my left ACL while skiing at Sunday River, ME. I just looked up hill at a junction and me downhill ski wiggled just wrong.

 

I got that ACL reconcontructed (patellar tendon) in '01 only to tear the other ACL in '02 while training GS. That one was reconstructed right away with the other patellar tendon.

 

During the winter of '10-'11 we had a LOT of snow at Breck. Many of the wiggles through the trees were so filled up that the space under the branches was severely reduced. I got hung up on one branch and turned around enough that I ran into a tree. The damage below is from the goggles impacting the tree and cutting my face. 4 stitches fixed that.

 

Doug 59,293 Trees 1

 

Last season I skied into some covered rocks and high speed walked (it must have looked kind of comic) until I could walk no more and did a summersault landing sans skis on my butt. I hit something under the snow with my coccyx. In a moment or two I was naseous but that eventually ended. After checking for damage I found no bleeding and the injury was ok to the touch so I skied the rest of the day. Apparently I dodged the bullet in that fall, but my skis took a beating and required major surgery.

 

The core shots

 

The p-tex that still needed to be removed.

post #95 of 118
Since my list in Post 72 of this thread, I've added the second blown Achilles reported in http://www.epicski.com/t/132194/torn-calf-muscle
post #96 of 118

I had my feelings hurt once when I missed the hole-shot on front row parking on a powder day.

post #97 of 118

I sprained my thumb once. Knock on wood. I've been pretty lucky in 44 years of skiing.

post #98 of 118
I peed my pants on a lift that was broke.
post #99 of 118
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3rd degree AC separation in my right shoulder.  Still haven't gotten it fixed and don't plan to.  Hurt like hell but I still skied the next two days.  Took a fall on my first day of a four day ski trip to Big Sky last year.  Hopefully this years trip is less eventful.  


I did the same thing last spring, but went for the physio.  I had to stop jumping in the trauma park for the rest of the season; even going over tiny bumps hurt, as did hard SL turns.  I had to switch to lazy gs turns.  

 

Bonus - the shoulder is now more mobile and I'm less lop-sided in the shoulders than I was post last injury/rehab (crushed glenoid, fractured clavicle, fractured scapula) but  prior to the separation and rehab.  Thanks to Charlotte at Accelerated Physiotherapy

http://acceleratedphysio.com/  :) 

post #100 of 118
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I peed my pants on a lift that was broke.

 

Thanks for reminding me.

 

I didn't quite make it from the car to the bathroom at the lodge at Vernon Valley once. That was my first year skiing (age 7), and I was probably too terrified of my rage-addicted dad to ask him to pull over on the drive from Wayne. Things were pretty tense those first couple of seasons before the divorce...:nono: 

 

I still contend that teaching me to ski was one of the greatest things dad ever did for me. I received the news of his passing while un-booting in the lot at Loveland on closing day this Spring. (Debbie Downer alert!) 


Edited by MT Skull - 8/21/15 at 9:19am
post #101 of 118
It sounds like you were tramitized.
post #102 of 118
Meh, that was yesterday. Today I'm just hoping I don't hurt myself falling off my bike again before ski season!
post #103 of 118
Aren't you alittle old for bicycles. Duck. Keep moving ski season could start in 90 days OAC.
post #104 of 118
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3rd degree AC separation in my right shoulder.  Still haven't gotten it fixed and don't plan to.  Hurt like hell but I still skied the next two days.  Took a fall on my first day of a four day ski trip to Big Sky last year.  Hopefully this years trip is less eventful.  
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I did the same thing last spring, but went for the physio.  I had to stop jumping in the trauma park for the rest of the season; even going over tiny bumps hurt, as did hard SL turns.  I had to switch to lazy gs turns.  

Bonus - the shoulder is now more mobile and I'm less lop-sided in the shoulders than I was post last injury/rehab (crushed glenoid, fractured clavicle, fractured scapula) but  prior to the separation and rehab.  Thanks to Charlotte at Accelerated Physiotherapy
http://acceleratedphysio.com/  smile.gif  

Ok guys,very timely as I just did the same thing this morning when I came off my MTB. What is the normal treatment? Hoping to see my ortho on Monday. Scheduled to head to chile for race camp and races in18 days so hoping I can do something quickly
post #105 of 118

Good luck with that.  Get as much rest and do what you physiotherapist says.  You will be able to make lazy turns and go over small bumps after 18 days, but you won't be in any shape for high performance skiing if you wrecked as bad as I did.  After about a month I think I was off the self-medication (Scotch night cap before bed so I could get to sleep and get some rest).  Docs up in these here parts don't seem to believe in Oxies any more - too many addicts.

post #106 of 118

Does it count if I was wearing ski gear (including boots and helmet), on my way to go skiing, and slipped on a sidewalk?  If not, then nothing worse than maybe a pulled muscle.

 

Reading about what people manage to do to themselves is kinda horrifying.  My vote for most wince-inducing would probably be stories about losing (and repairing!) the quad tendon to the kneecap.

 

But none of them are stories to repeat to my cautious and non-skiing spouse...

post #107 of 118
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Ok guys,very timely as I just did the same thing this morning when I came off my MTB. What is the normal treatment? Hoping to see my ortho on Monday. Scheduled to head to chile for race camp and races in18 days so hoping I can do something quickly
Really depends on your pain tolerance. I was doubling up advil and aleve the first few days. It actually felt better to ski that to stand. Placing my hands forward made my shoulder hurt less. Good luck at camp.
post #108 of 118
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Aren't you alittle old for bicycles. Duck. Keep moving ski season could start in 90 days OAC.
Hopefully less than 60 days. Cycling and hiking were probably responsible for a relatively painless transition back to skiing after ACL reconstruction/meniscus repair in Jan of 2012. Still feel like I need to do a fair amount of Summer maintenace to ease the Fall transition every year.

Not all of the fitness carries over, but enough so that I'm not usually completely hobbled after the first weekend back on snow. FWIW, the transition back to biking in the Spring is always more difficult than vice versa. I love the long winters in CO, but the bike fitness definitely atrophies after 7 months of lift-served.
Edited by MT Skull - 8/23/15 at 11:50am
post #109 of 118
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Good luck with that.  Get as much rest and do what you physiotherapist says.  You will be able to make lazy turns and go over small bumps after 18 days, but you won't be in any shape for high performance skiing if you wrecked as bad as I did.  After about a month I think I was off the self-medication (Scotch night cap before bed so I could get to sleep and get some rest).  Docs up in these here parts don't seem to believe in Oxies any more - too many addicts.

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Really depends on your pain tolerance. I was doubling up advil and aleve the first few days. It actually felt better to ski that to stand. Placing my hands forward made my shoulder hurt less. Good luck at camp.

Thanks guys. Saw my ortho yesterday and as I suspected, he recommends fixing it given my activity levels. However he also suspects some RC damage as well so will see what the MRI shows. Good news is he reckons I can't do much more damage if I go to chile, provided I can handle the pain ( pushing out of a start gate is gonna be hard! ) bad news is it will be surgery time when I get back. However, given how well this guy has fixed me up in the past I totally trust him
post #110 of 118

Maybe your doc knows you, but in my experience doctors severely underestimate what I can do "if I can handle the pain" and overestimate the effect pain will have on keeping me from doing it.

 

I'm surprised he didn't recommend any physio; maybe he needs the money from the operation ;).  Typically Grade 3 does go to operation (except if you're me and live in Canada, in which case nothing goes to operation and broken bones aren't casted unless you insist :nono:).

 

Good luck!


Edited by Ghost - 8/25/15 at 2:22pm
post #111 of 118
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Maybe your doc knows you, but in my experience doctors severely underestimate what I can do "if I can handle the pain" and overestimate the effect pain will have on keeping me from doing it.

 

I'm surprised he didn't recommend any physio; maybe he needs the money from the operation ;).  Typically Grade 3 does go to operation (except if your me and live in Canada, in which case nothing goes to operation and broken bones aren't casted unless you insist :nono:).

 

Good luck!


:)   no, he knows me well by now, hence why he recommends fixing it :) .  Like I said he has done great jobs on me in the past and is always brutally honest.  When I smashed up my wrist a few years ago and asked him if I could ski while I was recovering he said "Sure....but if you damage it falling I won't be able to fix it again".  And yes, I am sure I am contributing to his pension plan!

 

Pain wise, I cant actually complain too much so far.  I was only on the PKs (hydrocodone) for a couple of days.  I always prefer to get off the things as soon as possible

post #112 of 118
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Maybe your doc knows you, but in my experience doctors severely underestimate what I can do "if I can handle the pain" and overestimate the effect pain will have on keeping me from doing it.

 

I'm surprised he didn't recommend any physio; maybe he needs the money from the operation ;).  Typically Grade 3 does go to operation (except if you're me and live in Canada, in which case nothing goes to operation and broken bones aren't casted unless you insist :nono:).

 

Good luck!


Maybe they know you too well ;) and want to avoid the repeat visit by slowing you down just a bit.

post #113 of 118

3 jaw rebuilds (stemming from the same incident, does that count as 1?), four ribs,  one little finger, one orbital, one thumb, one Achilles tendon , two rotator cuffs, one hamstring, one MCL, one meniscus.

post #114 of 118
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Thanks guys. Saw my ortho yesterday and as I suspected, he recommends fixing it given my activity levels. However he also suspects some RC damage as well so will see what the MRI shows. Good news is he reckons I can't do much more damage if I go to chile, provided I can handle the pain ( pushing out of a start gate is gonna be hard! ) bad news is it will be surgery time when I get back. However, given how well this guy has fixed me up in the past I totally trust him

RC damage is no good.  I lucked out in that department.  I never got physical therapy or surgery for my shoulder.  I'm a little bull headed on that stuff.  The only real change I made was to sleep on my side and use a pillow to prop me up so I didn't roll onto my right side.

post #115 of 118
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RC damage is no good.  I lucked out in that department.  I never got physical therapy or surgery for my shoulder.  I'm a little bull headed on that stuff.  The only real change I made was to sleep on my side and use a pillow to prop me up so I didn't roll onto my right side.


Yeah, RC repairs take a lot longer to come back from.  He did my left one in 2009 and also had to nail down some tendons that had become attached at the same time.  3 hours on the table that time and a few months physic to get back to normal so not an easy path .   The RC damage this time may be partially legacy damage, hard to say so far.  MRI next week to get a better picture

post #116 of 118

I wish you well and good luck. Are you going to the Skinner's camp? 

post #117 of 118


Thanks MR.  Yes, going to the Skinners' Camp.  Pushing out of the start gate might be a bit problematic though and will be trying to avoid taking any gates out with my shoulder...:eek

post #118 of 118
My ego has been crushed many times........the only fix is time:D
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