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02-18-2014 11:57 AM
lernr ^^^

Haha, I know what you mean. Many years ago I was wakeskating at OWC, hit a big kicker and on landing my back foot (same with ACL work now) slid out and planted in the water while my front foot stayed firm on the deck and I held on to the cable for a bit trying to ride it out. Big ouch. Even though it was "only" water. Should have bailed.

02-18-2014 04:10 AM
Tatanka Head Let the kid snowboard. You don't need a doctor or a forum to tell you what to do. Your body knows best.

I shattered my knee cap when I was 19 and I stayed off the slopes for 4 years afterwards. I just kept getting flashes of the x-ray in my head every time I thought about strapping in. Now I'm fine, but the one thing I still hate is skating. I can do it, but I always think about how bad it would suck to have your board slide out with one foot planted in the snow...and then the sound of guitar strings breaking after being wound too tight plays in my head. Life is awesome.
02-18-2014 03:07 AM
lernr Not really. With this graft the bone-to-bone connection at each end actually heals faster than soft tissue to bone, such as with hamstring graft. Goes to show you don't know as much as you think.

Breaking a knee cap may be more likely after your procedure. I guess that's why the doc doesn't want you to ride. Also, a number of patients complain of knee pain even after successful surgery. Kneeling / hitting a knee is always a potential in snowboarding, that's why I chose to go with a hamstring graft.

Anyway, best of luck. I'd advise you to wear some good pads when you start riding again. I still say listen to your surgeon and pt

02-17-2014 11:12 PM
wes I'm really aiming to get back out on the slopes near the 4-5months, ik its cutting it short a little but I've done it before with no problem, I just want my doc to prescribe me a brace but he won't cause he says its to early..

Graft is patella tendon which i know generally takes the longest to heal.
02-17-2014 11:08 PM
wes I tore my left acl when I was 14, had a scope surgery to clean it out cause my growth plates weren't connected, doc told me I was good to play soccer next season without an acl as long as i wear a brace, tried playing and my knee gave out several times.

I had another surgery when I was 15, which they wrapped a tendon around my knee to give it stability which only lasts 2-3yrs (acts as a rubber band), had a snowboarding trip planned April 1st at Winter Park, Colorado and was able to snowboard great 4 months out of surgery.

Soccer that season was again terrifying, knee gave out roughly 3 times before I stopped playing. I switched doctors and finally had my acl reconstruction surgery cause my growth plates were connected finally at age 16. Survived that soccer season with no problem, started at 5months out of surgery. Snowboarded the whole season aggressively and felt awesome!

Now my senior year and I tore my right acl playing soccer at age 17. I was so pissed and I don't want to throw away another whole season of good riding away... Ill be going to college next year and probably won't be able to get out much to go riding as I would in high school.

You must now understand some of my frustration and eagerness to get back out on the slopes..
02-17-2014 10:32 AM
Originally Posted by wes View Post
Jason, the purpose of this forum is to offer your advice and opinion, not to be a sarcastic smart ass, go take your negative ignorant personality else where.
Wes, you jumped into this thread with your first post and an n=1 story (it most certainly was not advice, let alone good advice supported by anything more than your teen will) that was completely useless to the OP, who had already made a more rational decision than you.

You probably do know more about your knee than anyone here, but you apparently didn't know enough to prevent blowing it out 4 times!

If you posted in this thread just to have everyone tell you you are making a good decision, you're not going to get it. Sorry, but your 17-year-old, four-times-blown-out knees don't make you an expert. Don't get all pissed off when that is pointed out to you.
02-17-2014 10:12 AM
Originally Posted by wes View Post
Jason, the purpose of this forum is to offer your advice and opinion, not to be a sarcastic smart ass, go take your negative ignorant personality else where.
You've clearly already made up your mind. You're not going to listen to your doctor, why would you listen to some idiots (myself included) on the internet?

I'm a New Yorker, I was born a sarcastic smart ass.
02-17-2014 10:09 AM
jml22 It doesn't.
Leg press is probably like 1% of the full rehab program.
If someone is telling you otherwise, work with someone else.
I'm not trying to be a dick I just don't want you to blow out your knee again.

If your rehab does not consist of rehabbing the motions that caused you tear it in the first place, it's not real rehab.
You said you tore both ACLs playing soccer... well i can guarantee the way you cut is what put you at risk for tearing it.
It's the same with snowboarding, if you're constantly loading your knee in a crappy way, it's going to load the ligaments.
02-17-2014 10:02 AM
wes Jason, the purpose of this forum is to offer your advice and opinion, not to be a sarcastic smart ass, go take your negative ignorant personality else where.
02-17-2014 09:54 AM
wes If leg press doesn't mean anything then University of Michigan's protocol doesn't mean anything...
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