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12-31-2012 03:32 AM
iechoi
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Originally Posted by ComeBack_Kid View Post
You lost all credibility with that statement. What a ridiculous, dumb thing to say, especially when you base it on the amount of appointment time they get with a patient.
Well, he's a doctor himself (surgeon), so I think he knows who and what he can trust. Unfortunately, certain circumstances are delaying his retirement until March 2013, so it's going to be hard to find time to go up until then.
12-31-2012 12:50 AM
ComeBack_Kid
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Originally Posted by Sincraft View Post
uh...

The average doctor is a pretty stupid person today.
You lost all credibility with that statement. What a ridiculous, dumb thing to say, especially when you base it on the amount of appointment time they get with a patient.
12-02-2012 10:22 PM
Sincraft
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Originally Posted by iechoi View Post
My dad is 65 years old and retiring at the end of 2012. He used to be a decent skier (blues + moguls), but hasn't gone out for a while due to knee surgery. Then, his eyes started shriveling on account of being old, which increased the risk of a retinal tear during high impact sports. He says the eye situation has stabilized and wants to go skiing this year. He also floated the possibility of learning snowboarding because it'd be easier on his old man knees, though I don't think he knows what he'd be getting into.

Is he too old to learn snowboarding? Everyone I know who learned snowboarding had a rough time physically, so I was wondering if it's advisable for him as well. He's not fragile - he still does a lot of yard work, swims and plays tennis regularly - but I'm afraid that the impact of repeated falls or catching an edge will mess him up somehow.
uh...

Well it all depends on his health. The average doctor is a pretty stupid person today. They see people in 15 minute intervals and give them antibiotics like candy. Trust me, it took me AT LEAST 40 doctors visits with 30 of them being specialists to find only 50% of my issues, which one of which is an arthritis where my body actually attacks its own tissues.

The safest thing he could probably do, honestly is to have a stress test done with a good heart doctor, and then also have a bone density test done.

Explain to him that while on a snowboard, you are locked in. It is NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like skiing when you can gently sit yourself down or, if you fall hard you might whip your head back onto the hard snow and ouchy.

Snowboarding falls are much much much much much more harsh, especially in the beginning. I recommend that he learns from an instruction and doesnt try how so many I see trying, flat boarding the bunny slope day 1.

learn to hold ONE edge on day one, and maybe even up to day 5 eventually falling leave.

Buy him some ass pads, and make sure he realizes that helmets are NOT option on boards.

If he has bad knees, he probably has bad elbows and probably even a lower back and upper back (neck) area. Common. The lower back will hurt but subside. The tail bone pain if broken can last a very very long time. I would recommend that asspads, a stress test and a bone density test.
11-10-2012 07:43 AM
Oldman
Never say Never

I did't learn to ride until I was approaching my 50th. Had done a little skiing up to that point, but never really got hooked on it. My only regret is that I didn't start riding 20 years ago!!!!

Best advice: Sound out the locals, find the BEST instructor and head straight to the bunny hill. You will have far fewer falls, superior satisfaction, greater confidence sooner and it is also great fun to hang around kids. You will be shredding in no time. Bring on the snow!!!!!!!!
11-09-2012 04:43 PM
mixie
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Sir you are confusing the exuberance of youth verses the treachery of old age. Geezers are well aware of limits and risks; the fun factor and sense of accomplishment is perhaps better appreciated and not so wasted as in youth.



and smart money bets on treachery and old age every. single. time.

y'all kids better get the fuck of mah gawddamn lawn!


plus the little victories mean so much more when you're old :P

tennis is probably harder then snowboarding.
11-09-2012 11:50 AM
Donutz
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Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Sir you are confusing the exuberance of youth verses the treachery of old age. Geezers are well aware of limits and risks; the fun factor and sense of accomplishment is perhaps better appreciated and not so wasted as in youth.
Youth is wasted on the young.

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Little bastards.

11-09-2012 11:10 AM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by pharcyde View Post
physical activity stimulates muscle growth, the main factor contributing to increased bone density is calcium and D3 intake during the growing years along with thyroid hormones. and its not arrogance, its a fact that bone loss occurs and risk of fractures increases with age. im not saying he shouldnt be on the slopes any more than im saying older people should have other activities restricted. were i a doctor, id want to know more details before id be all for it. previous broken bones? arthritis? flexibility? does he think he'll be able to handle black diamonds lickity-split?
Sir you are confusing the exuberance of youth verses the treachery of old age. Geezers are well aware of limits and risks; the fun factor and sense of accomplishment is perhaps better appreciated and not so wasted as in youth.
11-08-2012 10:51 PM
pharcyde physical activity stimulates muscle growth, the main factor contributing to increased bone density is calcium and D3 intake during the growing years along with thyroid hormones. and its not arrogance, its a fact that bone loss occurs and risk of fractures increases with age. im not saying he shouldnt be on the slopes any more than im saying older people should have other activities restricted. were i a doctor, id want to know more details before id be all for it. previous broken bones? arthritis? flexibility? does he think he'll be able to handle black diamonds lickity-split?
11-06-2012 05:17 AM
Bones
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Originally Posted by pharcyde View Post
id be hesistant to recommend it. bone loss occurs steadily after age 40-45 or so. falls are a part of skiing and snowboarding and can cause fractures in even young people.
Ah, the arrogance of youth.

The only real difference I've found at 50 versus 20 is that 1) it takes me longer to recover from the various bangs and bruises or hangovers and 2) when I'm done, then I'm done. If my legs are rubber at 2:30, then they're not coming back that same day.
11-06-2012 04:50 AM
wrathfuldeity
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Originally Posted by pharcyde View Post
id be hesistant to recommend it. bone loss occurs steadily after age 40-45 or so. falls are a part of skiing and snowboarding and can cause fractures in even young people.
If a person has been active and relatively healthy habits all their life, its not much of an issue. The current thinking is if a child is active and doing some bone jarring activities they develop higher bone density than a couch potato kid...and that the higher bone density is a boone later in life.
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