Originally Posted by NYCJIM
I'm very mad about this today. Yesterday I hit a giant ice patch and wiped out, not at a great speed, as I was ending a turn. But I did wind up "in the backseat" and fell. I don't remember exactly how I fell but I distinctly remember my leg being twisted and my weight coming down and NOT releasing my boot. I felt like I broke my leg.
I think I mildly sprained the muscles above the ankle. But I'm really mad that this happened. I should have been released from the skis.
So I guess I better bring my skis to be checked out. My fear is that they will overcompensate and make it too loose, now.
Don;t be mad. Realize, like already mentioned, that backward falls are not well compensated for in most bindings. There have been many attempts (some pretty good) towards addressing the backward and backward twisting - spademan, most other plate designs, GEZE SE3, even Salomon had some toes with upward compensation. Some degree of 'performance' was always sacrificed.
It'd be good to have the bindings checked as a matter of course. But my guess is that, unless the bindings are especially crapped up, they'll prolly Torque out right where the settings say.
If you experienced some pain/injury just above the ankle - a couple things. There's not much in the way of musculature in that area, except for the long muscles. If in fact your knee feels OK, then be happy about that. But do have the Boot fit checked. If its loose enough to allow you leg to rotate substantially without some knee tweakage, then you might be skiing with the upper too loose or it may not fit properly.
This would then also present a real problem in a forward twisting fall.
A proper Boot fit (not sloppy) is critical to maximizing whatever small margin of safety (oh, scratch that, not 'safety', releaseability), ski bindings do afford.
Anyone who's skied any considerable time has had a 'backseat' spinout for lots of diverse reasons. Thankfully most survive them, albeit with some lingering pains...
Ice happens. Impossible to avoid back east. Most avoid it like the plague, but it is unavoidable. Best is to learn to 'handle' and even get comfortable on it. Every other aspect of skiing improves by lightyears when ice is no longer more than an inconvenience.
not mocking or dissin, just pointin out some hard learned lessons...