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Bad Knee - Damp Ski?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I currently ski an RX8 and was curious if a damper ski would help with bad knees?

I have a slight knee alignment issue and swell up pretty bad after skiing... I am currently working on stretching to improve the alignment - but in the meantime was looking for anything to help reduce the problem...

Thanks in advance....
post #2 of 11
Have you had a boot fitting with alignment work? If not, I'd go that direction first personally.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
Have you had a boot fitting with alignment work? If not, I'd go that direction first personally.
Definitely get an alignment done.

Also try and figure out what movements are hurting you knees and maybe avoid these moves. I have trouble with old knee injuries when I pivot skis, so I avoid that type of skiing.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Did the entire alignment boot fitting a few years ago - Falcon 10's... "Dude" in Park City did a great job.... However I think the boots are also a bit stiff and may contribute to the problem...

I really cant do any running, or leg work outs becuase of the pain... Dr claims I have limited flexability and it causes my knee cap to be slightly out of place which causes pain and swelling...

Turning 40 isnt easy
post #5 of 11
I am going to have to say that your premise is flawed. A stiffer ski and stiffer boot should not have any impact on your knee. I've injured both knees and if anything, I find that a softer boot makes it worse. My guess is that because you feel hindered by the knee your muscles in your legs are not in the shape they should be in for skiing.

I think that maybe you should look into either physical therapy to teach you some exercises that will help the leg muscles, help strengthen the knee, and allow move movement. My knee injuries have all been soft tissue (ligaments and cartiledge) but one of my good friends shattered his knee cap and tore his patellar tendon. We skied together today. It took him awhile to get going at full speed but he's fine. Try some exercises
post #6 of 11
My knees really bother me at times from my old football days, so like a lot of folks I deal with knee pain a good bit. Here's what helps me:

1) Well aligned boots.
2) A tall, stacked stance while skiing.
3) A ski with a moderate to long turning radius. I have RX-8's and when my knees are hurting I leave them in the truck.
post #7 of 11
I believe that a damper ski may very well help you. Any reduction in the vibration traveling to the problematic area should certainly make things feel better.

I purposely chose my Volant Sins for my first day back on snow since my injury and I'm glad I did. They are very damp smooth skiing boards that hug the terrain. Of course there was also 6" of fresh so I'm not 100% positive how much the skis played into it, but I didn't feel any "bad" vibrations hit my leg even after the new stuff was very cut up. I would think a light-n-lively pair of sticks would send way too much "feedback" to the injury area.

Of course if your swelling is truly due to an alignment issue, then you must address that first.
post #8 of 11
You're back.



Very glad you're back after that sorry mess.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post
3) A ski with a moderate to long turning radius. I have RX-8's and when my knees are hurting I leave them in the truck.


I think part of this is because people consciously or unconsciously break the carve of very, very, very good carving skis, break it into skidding behavior.

The very, very, very good carving ski, being an obedient little hard edging puppy, wants to re-engage that carve. Hence - knee wobbles as the carve is being broken again and again and again.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
All points well taken....

I am gonna leave the Rx8's at home for my Tahoe trip two weeks ....

Will demo damper skis and muscle relaxants to see what happens... .....

Head, Elan, .... What else is damp....
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Head, Elan, .... What else is damp....
If you want something damp try a K2 Recon or Xplorer. They're both pretty damp.
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