Originally Posted by davluri
If you can avoid really treacherous conditions, like powder over moguls in flat light, or really strange terrain in flat light, you will stay healthy longer. hyper extension of the knee can often result from falls in those treacherous conditions.
I resemble that remark! ;-)
Last Sunday I had a group lesson at Breckenridge with a great instructor and picked up on a few things that really seemed to click for me. Tuesday afternoon I was able to get out for a few late runs before the lifts closed, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that much of what I'd picked up on Sunday was still with me - sometimes good things stick, and sometimes they float away.
Anyway, I'd gotten in a few runs and my skiing really felt smooth and effective, and I was feeling confident. A little too confident, in hindsight, as it was snowing and blowing and the light was flat. The wind had really picked up, and I'd already decided it would be my last run, when on the way down I made a sharp turn right into a dip I didn't see, and, bam, next thing I knew I stuffed a tip hard and was cartwheeling at least once, maybe twice. Can't say for sure, but I do clearly recall thinking "Oh Sh*t!!" as during one revolution my left ski buried hard but didn't release. As I settled and gathered my wits I realized both skis were indeed still on! Fortunately nothing broken, but I wrenched the hell out of my knee, and it hurt pretty bad. I was able to ski gingerly down and limp home, and immediately started the RICE treatment and perusing Epic to see what I might expect. Frightening! Lots of tales of torn ACL's, PCL's, MCL's, surgery, out for the season! Lions, and tigers, and ... BEARS! OH MY!!
Long story short lots of RICE, RICE, Baby, and got a recommendation for a local Doc and saw her yesterday. Good news is nothing torn, just a strained MCL and some minor swelling in the back of the knee. I was fitted with a big mofo knee brace (surprisingly comfortable!) for lateral support and given a green light to proceed, reasonably, with all activities, including skiing! Yea!! Got out today for a few runs - knee felt fine. Skied very tentative, but that's probably a good thing as I just wanted to get on the snow and see how things worked, and not aggravate anything. It'll take me some time to get back to where I was, but that's nothing compared to what I could be facing.
I learned from previous episodes in my life not to push an injury and run it into the ground and really screw myself. I did that with tennis elbow several years ago and ended up having to lay off tennis for almost an entire year! Sometimes you gotta lay back and take it easy for a while, no matter how bad you don't want to do that!
I learned from this injury that you can't ski in fear - you grow by pushing the envelope - but you have to be realistic about your skills, and, most importantly, you have to pay attention and respect the mountain and the conditions. I was so swept up in the euphoria of what felt like pretty good skiing that I didn't do that, and I paid the price. Again, feeling *very* fortunate to have gotten off as easy as I did.
Sobered and humbled, but still enthusiastic! Onward!! ;-)
P.S. Had bindings checked yesterday and they are solid. Just one of those weird falls where the forces conspire to keep the skis on.
P.P.S. I also learned that boarders aren't so bad. A young guy who saw the show from behind stopped and patiently stayed with me for a couple minutes while I got it together and confirmed I could proceed on my own. Thanks, Dude, you have a deposit in the karma bank. I will certainly make one myself at the next opportunity.